And now for something that will really put a smile on your face. Not only are smiles free—they also have the ability to do all sorts of positive things for our health and wellness, according to Portman Health, a UK-based dental provider. Sadly, the average adult only cracks a smile about 20-times in a single day. That’s compared to infants who smile an average of 400 times daily. So do yourself a favor and turn that frown upside down more often for a happier, healthier life…
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1. Smiling Releases Endorphins
Sure, most of us smile when we experience joy. However, the act of smiling is a proven cognitive response that triggers the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin—which not only make you feel great, but also work as natural pain relievers.
Karen Kleiman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Founder and Executive Director of The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC, in Philadelphia, provides treatment for patients with prenatal and postpartum depression. Her research shows that the “feel good” endorphins released with a full smile (or a Duchenne smile that engages all of the facial muscles) creates positive physiological changes in the body.