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Today is World Smile Day!

By: Lola Frailey Friday October 4, 2019 comments Tags: aloha friday, healthy living, healthy lifestyle

Aloha Friday!

Today is World Smile Day! Brighten someone’s day today with a smile :-)

Did you know? Scientist have calculated that there are approximately 19 types of smiles. How many smiles do you have?

Two most common types of smiles

Named after the French physician Guillanne Duchenn, a genuine smile is known as a 'Duchenne smile'. This smile includes stretching of the mouth and the crinkling around the corners of your eyes.

The 'Pan American smile' is also called the functional/polite smile. This smile involves the stretching of the mouth, but doesn't include the eyes.

How does smiling affect the body?

Benefits to Smiling

Heart Healthy – A 2009 review explains that laughter causes an initial increase in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation temporarily reducing blood pressure. Individuals who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease.

Did you know? According to one study, people who smile often live approximately 7 years longer on average than those who don’t.

Reduce Stress – Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones. So when you are feeling the pressure… Smile!

Did you know? A 2015 study published in Psychological Science found that smiling can result in a lower heart rate during stressful tasks. Smiling can boost neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.(Click here for more tips on reducing stress)

Improved Mood – Endorphins do more than kick stress to the curb. Endorphins lift your mood. Smiling even if it isn’t entirely genuine at first, can turn an entire day from negative to positive.

Did you know? A 2010 study found that making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve mood and increases positive thoughts. (Click here for more on improving your mood)

Encourages Trust – Studies show that individuals are more trusting of others when on the receiving end of a genuine smile. Trust is an important part of social health whether it’s regarding loved ones or new acquaintances.

Manage Pain – Smiling and laughter release endorphins that lift our moods, acting as natural painkillers.

Did you know? A 2012 study found laughter to increase pain thresholds, ultimately creating a higher pain tolerance.

Smiling is Contagious – Approximately 50% of people smile back when being smiled at. Smiles and laughter truly is the gift that keeps giving.

Did you know? A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing a smiling face activates the orbitofrontal cortex (region of the brain that processes rewards) suggesting when receiving a smile, one feels rewarded.

Immune System Boost – Laughter is medicine for the body. A 2015 study found that laughter increases immune system responses in women who had just given birth.

World Smile Day is celebrated the first Friday of October. The holiday was created by Harvey Ball who developed the iconic yellow smiley image. Harvey Ball believed one could improve the world one smile at a time.

Have you smiled today?



Lola Frailey

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