4 Things That Are Actually REALLY Good For You
Smiling helps reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. Simply breathing slower and changing your expression can have a dramatic change on your stress level. Chronic stress deals great damage physically and mentally. Reducing your stress level can help lower blood pressure, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar. Just think, all of this from just a simple smile. Not to mention, people who smile more have a positive effect on their environment, those around them, and are generally perceived as more attractive!
Laughter really is contagious. Sharing laughter brings people together and strengthens social bonds. In addition to the pure joy of a good laugh, it also triggers very healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter help to strengthen your immune system, boost your energy and even diminish pain. Best part about all this, it doesn’t cost a dime.
Specifically, dark chocolate! Dark chocolate is actually made from plants, meaning it shares many of the same health benefits. One of these benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. These protect the body from aging and even help reduce the risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate also helps lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol. It contains serotonin (an anti-depressant) and stimulate endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure. In case you didn’t know, sex also has these similar effects on the body!
Music can act as an instant booster! A 2011 Canadian study, published in Nature Neuroscience, has shown that plugging in to your favourite music could help melt away a bad mood. Not only that, but music may be able to help you focus, as well by relieving those feelings of stress and anxiety. Music has also been proven to be an effective pain killer. Over 124 hospitals are using “music therapy” to help patients cope with many issues whether they be depression or cancer!