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Just think for a minute about how you feel when you smile, or how you feel when someone smiles at you. It is important to realize that our good health is not just genetics, chance, the latest virus or even good habits! Here are 7 good reasons to smile. I took this information from the United Concordia Dental website and summarized it for a quick view. After all, it doesn’t take that long to smile!

1 Improves mood and increases positive thoughts.

2. Lowers blood pressure.

3. Stress Relief: even if you are not “feeling happy” it has psychological and physical health benefits.

4.Better relationships: positive emotions make it easier to build and maintain healthy relationships.

5. Stronger immune Function (A merry heart is good like a medicine), it releases signaling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illness.

6. Pain relief: causes your body to release its’ own natural pain killers.

7. Longer life: smiling and positive emotions are associated with increased life span.

Smiles don’t even have to be genuine to have a positive effect. You have heard the phrase “fake it until you make it”, try it! Celebrate the small things. There is a thing called “world smile day” the first Friday of October, but don’t wait until then! Life is too short and is a gift, start today.


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