Many of us have been told to “smile more”, as this sends off a more friendly and inviting signal to the outer world. However, the act of smiling (even when we don’t feel like it) has powerful internal effects as well. Researchers have shown that the mere act of smiling, even when “forced”, sends a signal to the body’s “fight or flight” response system that the coast is clear.
This signaling can help reduce anxiety and slow the triggering of stress hormones such as cortisol. These factors can lead to marked improvements in brain health, as lower anxiety and stress levels have been indicated to reduce or even prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. When you least feel like it, smile more to do your body good!
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