Smile . . . Life Is Like A Mirror

Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain. A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.

It is said that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, and although there's no hard evidence to support that, we do know that smiling comes with some real-life benefits. It's not always the easiest thing to do, especially after a long and stressful day. If you will simply smile, you'll feel better.

 In my reading I discovered that when you smile our brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. It appears that neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endophins come into play also. The endophins act as a mild pain reliever, whereas the serotonin is an antidepressant. Evidence suggests that smiling can assist us recover faster from stress and reduce stress and lead to the reduction of the heart rate. In fact, it can even be worth your while to fake a smile and discover what happens. There has been some evidence that forcing a smile can bring you a boost in your mood and happiness level. I would suggest that if you are currently bothered with depression or anxiety you should consult your doctor immediately to ascertain the best treatment for you.

So the very next time you are feeling like a pick-me-up, try a toothy grin and it could give you the lift you are seeking. And if you are already in a good mood, why not flash those teeth at a stranger and pass along the good vibes?

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