Anti-Aging

Feeling stressed? Relax, and crack a smile

 

If you're concerned about staying healthy as you age, then be sure to take an herbal anti-aging supplement such as a multivitamin from Herbal Groups. You should also look into stress management techniques, since studies have shown that anxiety can accelerate the aging process. Recently, a study from the University of Kansas found that smiling may be a simple way to reduce stress.

Since people smile when they are happy, scientists set out to determine if smiling has the potential to generate positive feels. While research done in the past showed that smiling may have the ability to prove a person's mood, these researchers wanted to see if the type of smile made a difference.

The scientists had some participants hold a "standard" smile – which is a smile that only involves the mouth muscles – and a "genuine" smile – which utilizes the eyes as well. Others kept their face neutral. Then, the individuals were subjected to stressful events, such as having their hand held in a bucket of cold water.

The researchers discovered that people who held a genuine smile exhibited less signs of stress, like and increased heart rate, than those who had a standard smile or a neutral look on their face. So the next time you're frustrated, just smile!

What do you do to calm down when you're stressed? 

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