Why Smiling is Good for the Heart

People who smile a lot on average have a 70% chance to live to be 80, whereas those who smile less only have a 50% chance. Such are the results of the study titled Smile Intensity in Photographs Predicts Longevity, carried out by Ernest L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger from Wayne State University (Michigan, USA).

Even a fake smile makes you a bit happier and healthier

Did you know that a smile is a most powerful preventive tool, capable of averting colds, migraine and cardiovascular diseases, a fact that has been scientifically proven. Faking a smile works just as well as the real thing - the brain interprets the positioning of facial muscles, not the emotions behind the expression, and doesn’t differentiate between real or fake.

This is what will happen if you smile more often.

The load on the cardiovascular system will decrease

According to the Grin and Bear It: The Influence of Manipulated Facial Expression on the Stress Response study, smiling when stressed lowers one’s heart rate, which, in turn, helps people calm down and boosts their confidence. Smiling also mitigates the adverse effect of stress by reducing the leads to decreased pressure on cardiovascular system causing almost no harm to health.

Those who prefer to keep a naturally panicked or neutral facial expression in a stressful situation will have a pounding heart and may find it hard to calm down. So, next time no matter how difficult the situation is – smile!

Stress hormones will decrease, alleviating physical pain

Regardless of the nature of our smile, the brain receives a signal and our mind obtains the information that everything is fine, right at the moment and further on. Having got this news, our body starts to perform even more efficiently and the heart restores its natural rhythm.

As we smile or laugh, the level of endorphin in our blood increases. Endorphin is the happiness hormone that has a sedative and pain-killing effect. And what, if not happiness, makes our heart work better?

At the same time, stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and noradrenaline are no longer produced. According to the latest studies, depending on how often you smile, the risk of developing chronic stress, which is considered to be the cause of virtually every health problem, from obesity to headaches, decreases.

How we can help you

All you need to do is put on your favorite or newly-purchased fitness tracker, sign in to our app and let us help you keep your heart rate in check by measuring it regularly and saving the readouts.

Once you are registered and your individual physical data are taken for further calculations of rates that will represent YOUR PERSONAL NORM, the application will continuously monitor further dynamics of changes. In our next release, we will notify you of any deviations from your ideal heart rate!

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