In the second post of our “7 Days of Smiling” series, you’ll learn how smiling can actually improve your heart health.
Before computers and office jobs, most of us had no problem being active. However, with the increase in average time spent sitting, often alone in an office or cubicle, we don’t move around as much as we need. In addition, time spent being surrounded by around others has also decreased significantly.
One way to improve your heart health is to take frequent breaks as we mentioned in our previous post. But another surprising way is to smile more.
A study done in 2009 by the National Institute of Health found interesting relationships between increased laughter and decreased stress hormones. In many other studies, increased stress hormones have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
While this is still a new and complex field of study, there’s no doubt that more smiling and laughter is needed in all our lives.
The next time you decide to take a break to perhaps go for a quick stroll, consider listening to a funny audiobook to keep you smiling the whole time.
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Be proud of your smile!
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