A simple act with massive healing power.
Even forcing a fake smile can legitimately reduce stress and lower you heart rate. Smiling releases certain hormones including Dopamine and Serotonin. Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness and Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Smiling can trick your mind into believing you are happy leading to actual feelings of happiness.
Things you can do in your daily routine are:
- Pretend to smile
- Tell a joke a day
- Laugh, you will have a positive sensation and this can help to overcome stress. Laughing releases Serotonin in the brain
NBS news have produced an article with more information about how smiling can boost happiness: