Thanks for popping in. Just in case you need a nudge in the smile department …. it’s National Smile Day. Not to be confused with World Smile Day, which is much later, in November. National though? Given that the founders are two dentists in Illinois, I would hazard a guess that it’s the States. So whilst the cynic in me says that these two Dentists, in 2018, were probably drumming up business, it has to be said that smiling is actually very good for you. And for the person you’re smiling at.
Did you know….
- Smiling releases endorphins. Studies show that smiling can actually make a person happier. Hormones that indicate well-being are released – even with a fake smile!
- Smiling can relieve stress. The endorphins released from smiling can reduce pain, and can even help prevent illness AND protect against cancer.
- Smiling helps people to live longer. Studies have shown that intense, genuine smiling is associated with a longer life!
- Smiling can lower blood pressure. Smiling and laughter may also reduce blood pressure.
- Smiling strengthens your immune system
- Smiling makes you more attractive.
Quite aside from personal benefits, how much more pleasant to receive a smile from a stranger than a growl! I am a smiler. I smile at strangers in the street – and they usually smile back. How about you? Every now and then I get a WhatYOUlookinat vibe, but that says a lot more about the poor soul trapped inside a miserable body than about me.
So there ya go!! I shall go watch the last episode of Ted Lasso this evening, and smile. And tomorrow, when we go up to London, I will put my smiley face on. Especially since we are going to see Ben Howard at the Royal Albert Hall! And if we get up there early enough, I want to take Dave to the V&A, to see Donatello’s masterpieces before the exhibition closes. Lots to smile about!
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Barb x x x