Smiling Is Good for You

Positive thinking helps us stay emotionally well. Research found people who kept track of their gratitude once a week were more cheerful and had fewer physical complaints than others. Other studies have shown that making a facial expression, such as a smile, can produce effects on the body that are similar to those that result from the actual emotion, such as happiness. And did you know that smiling and happiness can be contagious? A study of more than 4,700 people who were followed over 20 years found that people who are happy or become happy boost the chances that someone they know will be happy as well. So, when you feel that tension building in your neck or you find yourself grinding your teeth, stop and take a moment to think of something positive, relive a happy memory, take a minute to read your favorite comic or simply share a smile with someone around you.

Source: British Medical Journal