Posted on Apr 08, 2013
Smile, smile, smile
Smile is the longest word in the dictionary: there's a mile between the "s" and the "e". But, seriously, in that "mile" there's a lot of goodies that can affect your health and longevity. Smiling is good for you. Many studies show that smiling makes you more attracting or attractive. Mark Twain said it beautifully: “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
Others are drawn to people who smile rather than wear a frown and that means by smiling you have a better chance for a satisfying social life. With a smile you carry happiness into the room with you, for yourself and others. A smile is like a good yawn; its contagious. You know what they say: "Smile and the whole world smiles with you."
Smiling also has a physiological effect on the body. When you move those facial muscles into a smile it sends messages to the brain which, in turn, instructs the muscles and organs to relax the rest of your body, lower your blood pressure, and release endorphins, natural pain-relievers. It's as if the smile reaction tricks the brain into preparing the body for full-out laughter. After all by smiling you are half-way there.
Again I urge all to take advantage of the Senior Helper family of caregivers. Call your local office today (510) 524-6700 and connect with a caregiver who would love to smile and laugh with you.
Seymour, a Senior Helper Alum