Make a New Year’s Resolution to Smile

By Eileen Doherty ~

DENVER, Colo. – As the holidays near and the end of 2018 draws to a close, our thoughts think of bringing happiness, love and joy to our family, friends and community. The holidays bring many opportunities to share. But one of the easiest things to share is your smile.

According to Managing Well, numerous research studies suggest that smiling has many health benefits. First and foremost, smiling improves your mood. If you are having a bad day and suffer from anxiety and depression, just try smiling. Smile to others. Smile to yourself.

And while you are smiling, your blood pressure can decrease. Studies show that stress decreases when you laugh. Laughter can reduce your risk of heart diseases. When you laugh, your heart rate increases followed by a period of muscle relaxation. Why smile? It reduces heart disease and stress.

Smiling and laughter help to improve your immune system. Smiles and laughter release molecules that send positive signals to your brain. When you have positive thoughts, it is easier to feel good about yourself.

A Mayo Clinic study reveals that smiling is a natural pain reliever. The study reports there are positive links between laughter and smiling. Laughter serves as a natural pain reliever. Laughter also allows individuals to tolerate higher levels of pain.

Individuals who smile a lot are often surrounded by other persons. Smiling is addictive. It sends a message that you are likeable and care about others around you. A smile is a great icebreaker when you are in a new situation, as well as a familiar situation. Individuals who smile often have long and lasting interpersonal relationships.

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. Her areas of expertise include management and administration of nonprofit organizations, education and training on issues related to older adults, advocacy and policy development on senior issues, and clinical practice in working with seniors and families to manage their lives in the later years. She has been the Director of the Society since 1982. She teaches Nonprofit Management for Fort Hays State University.