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Lower Blood Pressure With a Happy Face

By Tom Herrin

It doesn’t take a great plan to make minor changes to health.  It sometimes simply takes commitment to something that is proven to work.  Almost everyone knows about the need for rest, better eating habits, and exercise.  The buck may not have to stop there.  A lot of good can be done by simply doing something as simple as a smile.  While a smile may not be a magic solution for all things, it can serve to do some pretty good things to improve health, appearance, and acceptance by others.

It Can Make You a More Successful Worker

There is no secret about the fact that people who smile and find happiness in what they do will also find work to be a more pleasant experience.  What may be drudgery to some can be quite enjoyable to those who smile.  Others in the workplace may feel uplifted as well.  There is evidence that people who smile more are higher on the list of those considered for advances in their employment. Those who smile more are thought to be more creative in their jobs, which is a real plus for problem solving.  Others often see those who smile as more trustworthy.

It Can Make You Look Better

Everyone recognizes the appeal of someone with a smile on their face.  Many times, it triggers the impulse to smile in return.  It seems that men are more likely to approach women who smile than they are those who make eye contact.  Those with a scowl on their faces do little to stimulate others’ interest.  It is also believed that those who smile may look as much as three years younger, and who wouldn't want that?

It Can Improve Health in Several Ways

When people smile, they may slow their heart rate.  This can help the heart to become more efficient and do the same amount of work for less effort.  Smiling can also reduce stress, which is such a major factor in the health of so many people today.  It relaxes the body, which enables it to react faster to things that cause disease.  The endorphins released by smiling can kill pain, making it a natural form of pain relief.  Add to this the results of one study that found that those who smile more may increase their longevity by up to seven years and the benefits of smiling are well worth the effort.

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

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