Ten Reasons to Smile and Laugh Your Way Through the Holidays
Holidays can produce joy OR stress, or both! You can create your own holiday mood by taking control of your emotions using smiles and laughter. Your body will respond immediately with happy feelings when you smile – and if you want to make other people happy, follow the same recipe – smiling and laughter. Here are 10 reasons to Smile and Laugh your way through the holidays, including some great youtube links to laughter-inducing funniest home videos!
1. Smiling Triggers the Release of Endorphins
The more endorphins you release, the happier you are! When you smile the muscle movement in your face triggers your brain to activate neurotransmitters which release endorphins. Endorphins like dopamine and serotonin are our feel-good chemicals.
We all want to be ourselves, authentic in the world. It’s part of being a healthy human. But too often, those of us who understand the benefits of alternative healing and mindfulness feel pressured by family and friends who don’t “get it.” Follow your bliss to a healthier life.
Stress Reduction Techniques may even be covered by insurance
It can be frustrating, but we should take comfort in the fact that, more and more, mainstream culture is embracing holistic living. Many insurance policies cover massage, acupuncture and chiropractic healing now. And businesses are embracing meditation and other stress-reducing techniques to support employee health.