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Smiling is the best workout you can do for yourself and for others

Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field. People smile for different reasons — maybe you didn’t laugh at this joke. But one thing that we do know for sure is that positivity is infectious. PumpUp proves this every day! There are several important reasons why you should give a big, toothy grin as often as possible. 

Smiling makes you happy

When the muscles in your face form a smile, it stimulates the brain that can make you feel happier. Psychologists have found if you grin for 60 seconds, regardless of your emotional state, it triggers the release of a chemical called seratonin, which triggers you to feel happier afterwards. 

Smiling makes others happy

Have you ever yawned because another person in the room was yawning? The same goes for smiling. Seeing somebody smile can trigger your facial muscles to mimic their expression.

Smiling can relieve stress

Several studies have shown that smiling can reduce anxiety and help to combat the effects of stress. This is important because it discourages unhealthy side effects associated with stress such as high blood pressure and intense cravings for junk food. 

What makes you smile?

We want to know what makes you happy! PumpUp member @mc_fitness (pictured above) has a terrific smile! “It’s the best remedy for everything! I’m smiling everyday because I know I’m doing something to change my body, even though it’s a slow process.”