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5 Daily Practices That Will Make You SMILE

The autumn flower of sun flare.

Although there are many things in life that are distressing or outside of our control, the good news is that the way we can always choose how we respond to these things, and therefore, the demeanor we choose to take on is completely up to us!

At Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, we supplement good physical health, but we also support our community with good mental health. Consider incorporating the following five, simple practices into your day, and you will not only be improving your physical health, but you will find yourself smiling more!

1.) Hum to yourself. A study was performed in 2010 by the Nepal Medical College, which showed that after five minutes of humming, both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure was found to be decreased, inducing parasympathetic  dominance – in other words, it literally gives you inner peace.

2.) Spend time in the sun. According to the World Health Organization, getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face, two to three times per week, is enough to enjoy the health-boosting benefits of sunshine. Exposure to sunlight causes a release of a hormone called serotonin (nicknamed the “happiness hormone”), which creates a positive attitude, and helps a person to feel calm and focused. Sunbathing, in moderation, will also boost Vitamin D production, contributing to healthier bones. #FunInTheSun!

3.) Perform an act of kindness. The findings of a British study published by the Journal of Social Psychology suggests that good deeds make people feel good. “The practical implications of this positive feedback could be that engaging in one kind deed would make you happier, and the happier you feel, the more likely you are to do another act of kindness”, commented Lara Aknin, the study’s lead author. One small act of kindness truly can change the world!

3.) Eat well. The findings of an Australian study of 12,000 people published by the American Journal of Public Health showed that eating more fruits and vegetables improves one’s psychological well-being and overall life satisfaction.  Nutritionist Linda Foster says: “There’s certainly more and more research indicating that diet can influence brain chemistry, with this latest studies showing that we can eat ourselves happier – this is because healthy food has an effect on our brain chemistry by increasing serotonin levels (hey, there’s that happiness hormone again!)

5.) Get adjusted! A chiropractic adjustment not only aligns your spine, but it helps the Central Nervous System to create balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system – in other words, it helps your body to be peaceful, heal, digest, and be merry during peaceful times.

Make the choice to try out one or more of these simple practices each day, and choose to become the best version of yourself 🙂

 

REFERENCES:

http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/21446363.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/benefits-sunlight#sun-safety

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/kindness_makes_you_happy_and_happiness_makes_you_kind#gsc.tab=0

https://www.livescience.com/55407-eating-more-fruits-veggies-linked-with-life-satisfaction.html

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