Smiling happens without much thought. When you watch a friend do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others.
Did you know that smiling also triggers activity in your brain? Yes, there is a serious mind-body connection there, in your left frontal cortex to be exact, which is—not surprisingly—the area of your brain that registers happiness.
So what is it that makes you smile? How often do you smile in a day? Do you smile when you meet new people? When you see your friends? Around your co-workers? How about your significant other?
Read on for six reasons why smiling is good for you, your health and your social life!
- Smiling can make you happy (even when you are not).
The mind-body connection is real! The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you are happy; and when you are happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. Studies have shown even when we “fake” a happy smile, our bodies react and our endorphins start to flow!!
- Smiling can make others happy.
Louis Armstrong said it best, “When you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you.” Have you ever heard that song? Well, it is true. Research shows that smiling is contagious.
- Smiling makes you more attractive.
Ever wonder why we are asked to smile in photos? Because people usually look their best—and happiest—when smiling. So Say Cheese!
- Smiling can help you de-stress.
Reducing stress is so important for health, too, as it can lower blood pressure, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar. Note that this works during workouts, too! If you’re having a hard time getting through that last rep or getting those final 5 minutes in on the treadmill, smiling can do wonders! Smiling is a Healthy Choice!
- Smiling can help you land a job.
The next time you are dressing to impress, make sure to take that beautiful, natural smile with you!
- Smiling can lead to laughter.
Laughter also helps blood flow, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces stress and improves sleep. It may also raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body, which helps boost your immune system. Therefore, the moral of this story is smile—and laugh—often! It is like a good medicine!
- Smiling just feels good.
Did you know that women are far more likely to smile than men? They do this in many different social situations, even though they are not necessarily happy or amused. In one field study, researchers smiled at approximately 150 males and 150 females in public. In general, women returned the smiles more often than men. Women returned the smiles to men 93 percent of the time and to other women 86 percent of the time. Males smiled back at women 67 percent of the time, and they returned smiles to men 58 percent of the time.
The Communications Gender Gap, Mid-Atlantic Center for Sex Equity, 5010 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Suite 308, Washington, D.C. 20016, 1984.
Jennifer Walters, Health and Fitness Writer
Originally posted at: http://www.motherhoodandmain.com/list-encouragement-working-mom/
This morning, groggy parents everywhere are settling back into the “work-week” routine. The end of the semester is upon us and there is much work to be done.
That whole mom guilt thing you struggle with from time-to-time, it’s not just in your head. Turns out it’s a very normal way to feel, and common, too. There are hundreds of thousands of other moms who are struggling to strike the perfect work-life balance, and internalizing feelings of guilt in the process.
I wish I had the answer that unlocked the key to achieving perfect harmony between work, school, and home, but I don’t. Everyone’s schedules are different, and only you know what’s best for your family.
But – this I do know…
You are a rock-star! You have the capability to be a strong, very present mother without having to forfeit your dreams.
Have you ever been surprised to find that a simple activity drastically lifted your mood? Sometimes it’s the nudging of a good friend that gets you out of your pajamas. Other times it’s simply waking up early (when you usually sleep in) to catch the sun’s first light.
Over the years, we’ve all struggled with bouts of anxiety and a bit of melancholy. Take a look at some strategies that can help us beat bouts of gloom and steal back our lives.
We all have bad days, but one thing is true; no cloud is so dark that the sun can’t shine through.
- Sleep and Don’t Feel Guilty About It. Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. When I’m tired, I’m more emotional. When rested, I’m more even-tempered, less prone to act irrationally. (My friends and coworkers certainly appreciate it when I get a good night’s sleep.)
- Reconnect with Friends. Be around people who can make you laugh when you don’t even feel like smiling. Being around other people actually energizes and revitalizes our souls. It gives us the energy to make it through the day.
- Journal at Least 3 Times Per Week. Try to practice this discipline for a month. The healthiest people are reflective, not reactive. They take time to process the day’s highs and lows and to understand their own emotional responses to stressors throughout the day. You can start out with three questions. What was your high today? What was your low today? What are you excited about for tomorrow?
- Watch Only Funny Movies. Laughter is literally healing for the soul. When you laugh it actually changes the chemistry in your brain, releasing happy hormones. Laughter is a drug free antidepressant.
- Change Your Radio/Pandora/Spotify Diet. Are you depressed because you’re alone? Or going through a breakup? Probably best to get rid of “love songs” from your musical diet. Is there a type of music that lifts your mood? Listen to only that type of music or nothing at all. Silence is golden (for a time). It gives you time to think and reflect.
- Find A Creative Outlet. What floats your boat? Figure it out and go do it. This can be writing, painting, gardening, or fixing motorcycles. The only requirement is that it’s creative, making or doing something with your hands. It’s physical and experiential. Your whole body is involved, not just your mind.
- Volunteer Somewhere. Get out of the narrow focus called “me-myself-and-I.” Best way to stop thinking about yourself? Think about someone else. Happy people are people who serve others.
- Take Time to Play. As adults, we need to figure out ways to build play into our day. Play can include a walk through nature, a bike-ride, a board game, or sports. The point is, it has to be fun. Be spontaneous. Think like a child and go have some fun!
Forgiving someone is one of the best things you can do. It frees you up to spend your valuable time, energy, and other resources are producing fantastic new relationships, creating more happiness, and reaching your goals.
Picture a guy dragging his leg as he’s walking because his leg is attached to an iron ball and chain. This is what happens to us psychologically when we don’t forgive and when we drag along grudges with us. Have you ever held a grudge? Boy, I know I have. I used to be a world champion grudge holder. I might’ve even made the “Hall of Shame for Holding Grudges.” And it was the biggest burden to drag along with me on this journey of life.
So what happens when you cut the chains, free yourself of grudges, and practice forgiveness?
Well, instead of trudging along the highway of life with all these voluntary burdens that we’re carrying, we’re sprinting down the road of life with more love, laughter, and joy in our lives. Does this sound like a plan you’d like to sign up for? Well then, do it!
Forgiveness can happen in a split second. It’s a decision. Just give up the burden. Bam…it’s gone.
Forgive them…for yourself.
Join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 11:00 AM for It’s Your Will by Dr. Wil! Share, learn, get support, and gain strength.
Warner Robins Campus: Room C123
Be on the lookout for the Macon and Milledgeville locations via teleprescence!
Special populations, as defined by Perkins IV are:
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children
- Individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment
- Single parents, including single pregnant women
- Displaced homemakers
- Individuals with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency
Support for special populations is primarily delivered through community/campus resource availability as well as on-campus workshops. Currently, all information is free and includes developed materials, specifically addressed to special populations. Events will be posted under “Announcements” on the CGTC website and sent out to all student/faculty/staff email accounts.
We also have a Lending Library that can assist with textbooks for students that qualify.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Director, Special Populations North Campus
Director, Special Populations South Campus