Turn that frown upside down! Whether you’re in a weird mood or are having a bad day, remember that smiling can make you feel better. We’re serious! Just because someone didn’t tell a joke or you’re not playing with a puppy or kitty doesn’t mean you can’t smile. Let us break this down for you:
What Smiling Can Do For You
Researchers have found that smiling more can help boost your mood — even if you’re not necessarily happy. When you compel yourself to smile for no reason at all, certain muscles in your face will active. These muscles are usually only triggered when you experience feelings of happiness. Your brain is conditioned to feel these emotions when those muscles are activated, so you can actually create some of your own happiness!
Easy Ways For You to Smile More
- Practice smiling more often. You can do it anywhere — while you drive, watch television, shower, etc.
- Smile at people as they walk by. Show off those pearly whites to your friends, family, co-workers, and even random strangers in places like the supermarket.
- Before you smile, take a deep breath. This will help you relax and de-stress for a quick second. Doing this before smiling will help you turn a forced smile into an authentic one.
- Get into the habit of thinking about thing thats make you happy. Think about memories of friends and family, vacations, or experiences you hold near and dear to your heart.
- Don’t wait for an opportunity to smile — smile when you think about smiling. The more practice, the better!
Smiling For Your Health
Since smiling has been linked to an improved mood, less stress can be experienced. Lowering your stress levels can have all sorts of health benefits, like improved heart health. In addition to physical health benefits, having an improved mood more often will benefit your mental health. There’s no reason not to smile!
Just like that, a simple smile can improve your day — even if there’s nothing to smile about! For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: