107: The Physiology of Smiling

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Did you know that extensive research has been done on the practice of smiling?  Not only has it been done, it is still going on.  The reason is clear' there are so many biological processes that happen when you smile.  It isn't simply a symbol of happiness it creates happiness.

Smiling increases heart heath, reduces stress and makes us more attractive.  Studies have also linked it to a greater life expectancy.  With all that going on, why wouldn't you smile?

Resources:

The Psychological Study of Smiling by Eric Jaffe

Quote of the Day:

"i have never seen a smiling face that wasn't beautiful" - Unknown

Question of the Day:

When was the last time you smiled a true "Duchenne Smile"?  Do you typically smile or does smiling seem difficult?

Action of the Day:

Look online for a funny joke.  Don't stop until you are actually laughing out loud.