Thursday, December 7, 2017

Smile for Better Health

A few evenings ago I had a wonderful time as Rhonda. I have mentioned the Thursday evening gathering at the Colony’s Polo Lounge before.  I have fallen into a regular group and am welcomed.  It is a fun evening.  

Harvey provides an impromptu piano serenade, Charlie always has a big hug and many "Islanders", as the Palm Beach crowd refers to it self, welcome me with air kissed.    

I always notice after being there, a calmness and sense or peace occurs. It carries over into the next day and always provided a smile and sense of satisfaction. I have referred to these escapes previously as my visits to the land of femininity. A place I enjoy and return to frequently.

According to a study there are good reasons to smile and be happy. Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system and possibly even prolong your life.

Happiness is what makes us smile. The fact is, as Dr. Isha Guptaa neurologist from IGEA Brain and Spine explains, a smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with (a lessening in) depression and aggression,” says Dr. Gupta. 
Yes, on these evenings I smiled a lot. I shared my happiness and hope I also engendered happiness; Happiness is intoxicating. Escapes are good for you and absolutely add to your sense of well-being. Just what the doctor ordered.   

1 comment:

  1. When my friend, Sarah Tonin, is released, it always makes me smile! :-)