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The health benefits of being merry

Grim determination denotes purpose, especially if you are out to conquer Pilates, but did you know that laughing could make it go much easier? Here are other benefits of being merry.

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Less stress

You don’t need to have anything to smile to relieve stress; you just need to smile. The mere act of smiling lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, and lowers anxiety and stress levels considerably. It releases endorphins, the so-called “happy hormone,” so smile even if have to force it. Once you do, you will find that it sits more easily and feels more natural. Endorphins, baby!

Stronger immune system

Smiling and laughing can give your immune system a boost, so you recover faster from illness and injury. Studies with hospitalized children show that making them laugh or smile stimulates the body to produce white blood cells.

Higher confidence

When you’re nervous or on edge, smiling can make you feel more comfortable and in control. If you are in a situation that makes you feel awkward, smile your way through it, and you will soon feel more confident. Smiling is also contagious, so when other people smile as well, any tension or awkwardness melts away.

More friends

Humans are social creatures, so the natural tendency is to want to be with other people. You can more easily make new friends if you smile a lot. Take care not to make it too wide, though, as that is just too Cheshire cat-like for comfort. Practice smiling in front of the mirror to get just the right amount of friendliness.

Better leadership

Studies show that smiling is an effective leadership tool. People tend to trust and follow people that smile or grin often. It is more likely to produce the desired results than good management skills.

Lastly, smiling makes you look more attractive, approachable, and younger. It takes fewer muscles to smile than the frown, so smiling is the path of least resistance. Smile!

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