“Turn that frown upside down” has a whole new meaning. You’ve likely been told that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown and there are quite a few numbers that get tossed around when this line is used. Some claim it takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile but I am comfortable saying it takes far fewer muscles and less energy to smile and it is better for your soul.

It is also proven that forcing a smile when you don’t feel happy does not actually lift your spirits. Research shows that people who fake a smile tend to worsen their mood. Trying to suppress something negative causes you to fixate on what is actually upsetting you. If you are not feeling happy, try to work on what is bothering you then grin intentionally, use fewer muscles and go on your merry way!

Our smile has no cultural barriers and is universally known as a sign of friendliness, especially when greeting someone. Frowns are generally recognized as indicating sadness or disapproval.

Humor is healthy and contagious! The sound of someones genuine laughter is far more contagious than a cold or stomach bug. When laughter is shared, it holds people together and increases happiness. Laughter has also been proven to trigger healthy changes in your body. Humor and laughter boost energy, reduce pain and strengthen your immune system. Best of all, this cure is fun, free and easy to use!

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works quicker to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens and keeps you connected with others. So live well, laugh often and showcase your pearly whites to improve your overall health and well-being.