The Beauty of a Smile

the beauty of a smile

“Laughter is the best medicine” is an old saying that we’ve heard time and time again. Many research studies support this statement, too.  A 2005 study conducted by cardiologists from the University of Maryland Medical Center (http://www.umm.edu/news/releases/laughter2.htm) demonstrates that laughter and humor are actually linked to healthy blood vessels.

What do healthy blood vessels have to do with beauty? Quite a bit, actually. Laugher and humor may not just be good for your heart…they may be a secret beauty weapon, too!

Why Mirth is Healthy

According to the UMMC study, laughter, humor and smiling caused the blood vessels to dilate, or widen, and increased the blood flow throughout the body. When study participants were shown sad movies, their blood vessels constricted.

Blood flowing throughout our bodies literally carries life. Oxygen, blood glucose and more whisk life-giving forces to every cell in every corner of our bodies. The blood them picks up and carries wastes through the organs of excretion so that we exhale, perspire, or exude waste through breath, perspiration and elimination.

Rosy Cheeks – Naturally

Think about the last time you gathered with friends and had a good laugh, or perhaps saw a really funny movie.  Your cheeks glowed, your eyes sparkled.  Blood vessels were dilated and blood flowed freely to your skin.

Not only did you help your heart and other organs, but your skin literally glowed with life! All that blood circulating freely helped give your cheeks that natural, rosy glow. No blusher or fancy cosmetics needed.

Getting More Laughter in Your Life

Some people just seem naturally attuned to the funny side of life, finding humor in everything from a traffic jam to a sports caster’s tie. If you’re not one of those rare birds, don’t worry – you can still add more laughter into your life.

•    What gives you joy? Think about the last time you had a hearty chuckle, a good belly laugh, or exploded into gales of laughter. Was it watching your pet play with a toy? Enjoying a good joke with a friend? Watching a television show that makes you giggle? Make time in your day for these events.

•    Try not to take life so seriously. Many people treat each day like a life or death struggle. In reality, few events in our daily lives are so serious that we can’t get a laugh out of them.

•    Rent a silly movie.  Norman Cousins actually taught himself to laugh more and treated his heart disease with laugher and vitamin C.  Cousins watched Marx Brothers movies and other classic films and detailed his ’emotional treatment’ in his famous book, Anatomy of an Illness.  He lived decades longer than his doctors thought he would by using laughter and vitamins as medicine to deal with chronic illness.  You too can train yourself to laugh!

Beauty begins on the inside. All the lotions, potions and makeup in the world won’t compensate for a persistent scowl. No matter what your troubles – and they may be considerable – there is beauty, joy and laughter to be discovered. So don the perfect beauty treatment today. Find your smile!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
Copyright 2009 RawPeople.com All rights reserved


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