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Smiling - Always good for your health

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Smiling helps the respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune systems to function properly. When we smile or have a good laugh, we are not only expressing happiness. When we smile, a series of positive reactions occur in our body, caused mainly by the production of endorphin, a neurotransmitter that acts on mood states. The release of endorphin into the bloodstream helps to relax and release tension.

Did you know that....

Genuine smiles are generated by the unconscious, which means that they are reflexes. When we feel pleasure, signals pass through the area of our brain that processes the emotion.

Smiling benefits
Smiling benefits

6 Scientific Facts of the Benefit of Smiling

1. Increases Longevity

Smiling moves most of the muscles of the face, improves the elasticity of the skin and helps combat wrinkles and sagging. It promotes sleep quality, improves breathing, burns calories and strengthens the abdominal area. All these factors contribute to increased longevity.

2. Lowers Blood Pressure

As risadas fazem com que o fluxo de sangue aumente, ativando a circulação e reduzindo a pressão arterial.

3. Close Social Relations

Smiling spontaneously generates empathy and optimism in ourselves and in those around us. These good feelings facilitate relationships of friendship and trust. 

4. Increases good cholesterol

Not all cholesterol is bad. And some researchers think that smiling helps increase levels of the good cholesterol, HDL, in the blood. 

5. Exercises the Brain

Smiling is good exercise for the brain, helping our organism to perform its vital functions well. When we smile, we stimulate the brain to release serotonin and endorphin (substances responsible for the feeling of pleasure and happiness). Furthermore, smiling stimulates creativity and increases productivity.

6. Changes the Emotional State

Laughter increases self-esteem and good humour and can help to reduce suffering and make people more confident. 

Laughing, but really laughing, can be the best remedy for many problems! 

Bad Mood
Bad Mood

Bad Mood

If laughter is good for the body, the mind and the soul, bad humour can bring down any good mood? It is normal to have one day or another in a bad mood, without any patience for what surrounds us. However, we need to deal with this feeling, especially when someone close to us has symptoms that indicate a high level of stress. 

By controlling bad moods we prevent our body from producing an unnecessary load of adrenaline. Levels of this hormone are always high in stressful states and lead to unpleasant physical consequences, such as sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal symptoms, dermatitis, constant states of alertness that bring on anxiety and nervousness.

A smile can change your life and the lives of those around you
A smile can change your life and the lives of those around you

A smile can change your life and the lives of those around you

Happiness is directly linked to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. And this happiness can be achieved in various ways. 

There are people who dispel their bad moods by doing manual work, such as handicrafts, painting, etc. Others relax by chatting with friends or need silence to restore themselves. Each person deals with bad moods in their own way, it is a very individual process. 

The important thing is that you learn to know yourself and, by looking at yourself, discover what gives you pleasure and a good mood.


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