MS symptoms: The Power of a Smile

Smiling is second nature to me. I’m known to smile and laugh easily even when alone! There may actually be science to back up good health and smiling. Neurotransmitters or endorphins can lower stress and make us feel better. The trick to such relief is a simple smile – real or fake. As natural pain killers, endorphins from a smile or laugh are excellent pain management resources right at our fingertips. As endorphins are released, cortisol hormones decrease resulting in more positive feelings, less stress and anxiety.

Let’s get laughing! A good joke, conversation or hilarious show can tickle my funny bone and spur on laughter. While laughing my lungs expand stretching muscles, creating a state of homeostasis or well-being. Have you ever watched a sad show and decided it was time for something funny? I know I do that all the time.  I need a way to release my emotions and a good laugh is just the trick.

My entire life people have been drawn to me, almost to the point of being scary. I smile wherever I go which may be the secret to this attraction and to beauty. Smiling people are scored higher on the beauty scale. It also helps me to stay positive even in stressful situations.

Read more about the health benefits of smiling at: Image from:

About the Author

Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.