Even when the occasional Lyme-induced brain fog causes me to forget what I was thinking two seconds before I’ll not soon forget what happened one wintery day when we lived in Mt Vernon. Our two middle kiddos, both redheads, lost teeth at school the same day.
The nurse gave them one of those little plastic tooth necklaces to keep their teeth safe until they got home and could show me before placing them under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect that night before leaving a little treasure behind.
Cooper and Maddie are originals (as you can probably see in the photo below).
You know how twins have their own language (cryptophasia)?
Well I’ve often said these two speak their own middle child language. And they do.
They have such a rapport with each other and they’ll say things to each other no one else
seems to understand. And then they’ll bust out laughing. Yes, they’re hilarious. And so much fun.
I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the red hair. 🙂
Anyway, I’ll never forget those giant toothy (yet, partially toothless) grins, the turtlenecks they were wearing because it was so cold that day and the tooth necklaces around their necks.
Smiling and laughing come naturally to children, but as we get older do we get more serious? Or do we still remember how to laugh with the reckless abandon of a child?
Even though adult life changes as we have bills to pay, bosses to please and families to support don’t forget…you’re only as old as you feel.
Smiling and laughing on a daily basis is not only acceptable, but it might be just what the doctor ordered.
6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling
1. Reduces Stress And Anxiety
When you smile the pituitary gland releases chemical endorphins throughout the body. These neurotransmitters naturally lower our stress and cause us to feel happier…and who doesn’t love that?!
2. Stimulate The Immune System
Smiling causes your body to make white blood cells which fight off illness. A 2015 study showed laughter therapy boosted the immune response in women who had just given birth to babies. (1)
3. Makes You Appear More Approachable
Smiling makes you more confidant and attractive to others.
A smile is welcoming and shows other people you’re open to interacting.
4. Increased Longevity
A 2010 study found that positive emotions, such as smiling are directly linked to an increased life span. (2)
5. A Better Mood
When you’re feeling down in the dumps, try smiling because it just might help. Findings of a 2010 study reported that when you make yourself smile when you’re feeling sad emotions it improves your state of mind and helps you view life more positively. (3)
6. Improved Relationships
People who smile a lot are often likable, and this can positively impact your relationships. Positive emotions are associated with more successful interactions and happiness in marriage.
Whether young or old, the benefits of smiling for your health and relationships are too many to count.
The simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood and positively affect your day. People will find you even more likable when you show off those pearly whites and flash them a smile. 🙂
What benefits have you experienced from smiling? Any funny stories to tell?
Please share in the comment section below…I love hearing from you!
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