Smiling is free and boosts brain health. It gives birth to new brain cells and encourages changes in areas of the brain associated with learning and memory. It makes your brain more flexible, more resilient and better able to cope when challenged by injury or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Smiling releases hormones that make you feel good, lowers blood pressure, boosts immune function and protects against stress, depression and anxiety.
Start and end your day with a smile. Smile at least five times a day, even or especially if you don’t feel like it. The simple act of smiling sends messages to your brain that can make you happy even if you are not. It’s contagious and can lead to laughter. Spread the happiness and the health benefits.
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