You Might Be Surprised What a Smile Does for Your Health and Relationships!

Smiles are potent for improved health and relationships. This statement has been proven to be true.  Are you typically a frowner or a smiler? Howoften do you laugh, tell a job, make a funny quip?

Quality research, particularly that of Dr.William F. Fry, and Dr. Allan R. Reiss of Stanford University, has demonstrated that smiling and a sense of humor significantly enhance:

Physical health

Psychological well-being

Romantic relationships

Physical Health:

  1. Provide exercise by increasing the heart rate, stimulating blood circulation and breathing, and improving muscle tone. Dr. Frye calculated that 100 laughs equal ten minutes on a rowing machine.
  2. Reduces pain by firing the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
  3. Stimulates the immune system

Psychological Well Being:

  1. Stimulates mental functions such as alertness and memory
  2. Reduces stress by lowering levels of cortisol, a stress hormone
  3. Activates a “brain reward system that helps with depression

Romantic Relationships:

  1. Helps us establish and maintain relationships.  People “connect” when they laugh. Some of  the best dates people have are at comedy clubs. Humor loosens people up and they become more “in touch” with one another.

Dr. Clifford Kuler, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, encourages sharpening of one’s “capacity for laughter.”  He wants people to concentrate on having fun.  He also recommends a “daily workout.”
Raise your eyebrows as high as you can. Close your eyes as tightly as you can. Grimace as deeply as you can. Stretch all the major laugh muscles

What do you do for fun?  What brings a smile to your face?  Count the number of times you smile or laugh on a given day. Every smile, every laugh, makes for a longer and
more joyful life.  “Have you heard the one about…” (finish the sentence)!


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