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Janice Taylor, reminds us why smiling is so beneficial:

The health benefits of smiling are plentiful.


  1. increases the production of endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, a hormone that regulates your mood;
  2. boosts your immune system and increases the number and activity of antibodies that fight infection;
  3. lowers your blood pressure;
  4. helps you to relax;
  5. relieves stress;
  6. enhances respiratory function;
  7. exercises 15-26 facial muscles;
  8. makes you look younger as it lifts the face; and
  9. fires up various parts of the brain!

More fabulous facts about smiling that are sure to make you smile.

10.  72% of people think that those who smile frequently are confident and successful.

11.  86% of people are more likely to talk to strangers if they are smiling.

12.  Bosses are 12% more likely to promote people who smile a lot.

13.  Research shows that 65% of communication is non-verbal (some say even higher).

14.  Studies show that happiness is a by-product of smiling, not that those who are happy smile as most people assume.

My kids and I used to do this
trick when they were little and got whiny and cranky.  "I'm bored!" they'd say. "Are you whining? What a wimpy excuse for a whine. THIS is a whine! 'OH NO I HAVE TO THE LAUNDRY NOW! YUCK!'" We'd compete to out-whine
each other. It never failed to end in giggles. The whining? Gone, like magic. All that was left were smiles.

"In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a
constant inner smile, a smile to oneself, insured health, happiness and
longevity. Why? Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become
your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony
with yourself." -Mantak Chia via Janice Taylor, Our Lady of Weight Loss