“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
World Smile Day is celebrated on October 6th.
World Smile Day became an official holiday in 1999, after Harvey Ball had created the smiley face. This day is used to inspire acts of kindness around the world.
When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules that can help fight off stress. Intermountain Health explains that smiling also causes the release of natural mood boosters and antidepressants.
A study even suggests that smiling can help reduce heart rate, increase endurance, reduce blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. Not only does smiling product various positive benefits for yourself, but it also affects those around you. Smiling is contagious!
Mental health should be a priority in everyone’s lives. The World Health Organization states that approximately 15% of older adults experience mental health issues. Finding ways to reduce feelings of sadness or stress is very important. Even doing something as easy as smiling.
World Smile Day gives you an opportunity to spread positivity and cheer, with a smile.
Nothing beats a smile!
At McGregor, we encourage you to smile, your smile could be the difference in someone’s life.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health problem, click this link for resources to help.