When I think about the power of smiling, I am amazed that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Smiling is a great way to shine in a crowd – the attraction factor alone makes people look at you and wonder what is so terrific in your life and where do I get some of that?!?
Smiling also changes our mood. Try it! Next time you are feeling sad, lonely or depressed, put on a smile. There is an outstanding chance that you will begin to feel better almost immediately. Keep it up and you will find yourself humming along to the radio you just switched on. See, smiling can trick your body into helping you change your mood. Some other great things about smiling are that it relieves stress, boosts our immune system, and lowers our blood pressure. All that from a smile? Just wait there’s more.
Smiling is contagious. Just like a yawn, smiling causes that same reaction in others. Next time you are at the store try smiling at everyone you encounter. You might feel silly at first, but then something magical happens. Everyone and everything around you feels a little bit brighter and your mood a lot lighter. And just in case you are feeling less than stellar, studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin which are natural pain killers. So next time you are under the weather or feeling blue try on that killer therapeutic smile!
“Choose Your Mood”, is the philosophy behind Lynette Lovelace’s new lifestyle brand, Lifetherapy. Lovelace created a line of luxury apothecary products inspired by the therapeutic powers of fragrance and mood. Lovelace states her intentions naming her fragrances: Play, Vacation, Escape, Chill, and Flirt. Products range from everyday hand crèmes, to pulse point oil roll-on perfumes, ultra rich body crèmes, hydrating body lotions and skin nourishing body scrubs. She reminds us that “mood is a choice, your feelings are contagious, and there has never been another you.”