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Don't Overlook a Smile to Improve Life

By Tom Herrin

Whether or not they want to admit it, most people generally take notice of ways they believe can actually improve life for themselves.  As the numerous ads and other sources of information are made available regarding health and ways to improve, most take notice.  There is, as there should be, an interest in ways to improve and protect health.  While some things purported to boost health seem too good to be true, and are, others really can produce results but are overlooked.  Smiling may be laughed off when heard mentioned, but don’t let that happen to you.  It can be one of the most efficient ways to improve health with the least amount of effort.

It Can Put People in a Better Mood

The kinds of moods people are in can be a little tricky.  Being in a bad one can be pretty miserable, and many people seem to be unable to shake it.  A good mood may, all of a sudden, help to make someone seem more enjoyable to be around.  This will naturally increase the social contacts.  The simple act of trying to make the effort to smile may address this problem.  It may naturally improve relationships.  Others may frequently respond when someone smiles at them.  It can serve as a nonverbal invitation.

It Improves Trust

After having been in education for a lot of years, I have seen that a smile can go a long way with students and parents.  People are always more open when they perceive that others are interested in the well-being of them or their children.  A smile can open a more trusting relationship.  Children may feel that the teacher is more interested in seeing them succeed, and it seems that the child’s efforts will be greater because they believe their efforts are more accepted.

It Can Have a Real Impact on Health

When you smile, it relaxes your body.  This can help to relieve, or reduce, stress.  It can also help to release endorphins that may dull pain.  It can boost the immune system.  It can lower blood pressure.  One study indicated that smiling, laughing, or doing something that expressed joy, can increase longevity.  Those are all pretty big results for something as simple as a smile.  Be sure to include it in your everyday life.

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


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