4 Ways Smiling Improves Our Health

WE’VE ALL HEARD the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actuallyfalse. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories”! But smiling will do much more for your health than just giving your face a workout.
Here are four ways smiling benefits our health.
#1: Reduces Pain
Smiling releases endorphins, which are our bodies’ feel-good hormones. They serve as natural painkillers with no side-effects. What’s particularly interesting about this is that it’s the smile itself that releases the endorphins, not the attitude behind it.
Our brains are so hard-wired to associate smiling with joy that even a fake smile will get you the chemical benefits. So whenever you get injured, it really is a good idea to grin and bear it!