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Make Life Better for Yourself and Others With a Smile

By Tom Herrin

When you look around, you may feel as if there are plenty of people out there who find it their mission in life to make others miserable.  It is unfortunate that many of those who seem to do so more than likely do it out of a certain amount of ignorance.  It is not a plan but simply an accidental occurrence whose presence becomes a thorn in their own side as well as the side of others around them.  Smiling can make a world of difference for both the one who smiles and those who are on the receiving end of that smile.  What is even better is the fact that smiling may do more than just make people feel comfortable.  It can actually improve health.

It Can Improve the Atmosphere

A smile may be one of the best ways to brighten a room or a meeting.  It can make others feel more acceptance and connected with someone who smiles.  Even if it takes an effort on the part of the one who offers the smile, it can improve their own mood as well as those around them.  Relationships are an immediate beneficiary of a good smile.  Others are more trusting when they see a smile.  It can also provide a feeling of greater empathy.

It Can Help People to Breathe Easy

Smiling is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress.  It can relax the body and lower blood pressure.  When people smile and are happy, they seem more approachable.  It is often the way to open a door that can make a person feel that pent-up emotions can be relieved and physical activity can be more easily accomplished.

Improving Health Is the Real Deal

Besides improving blood pressure, smiling can also help to boost the immune system.  The body is better able to respond to illness and other factors that can do damage.  It has long been believed that people who are happy may be more disease resistant.  It is known to help release endorphins that can kill pain.  This makes it a good natural means of pain relief.  One study even found that people who smile more, and are happy, may be able to increase their longevity.  Smile more to make life better for you and others you come in contact with.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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