A 50-year-old member asked:
is there a health benefit to smiling?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Oswari answered
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes!: Absolutely yes.
Answered on Dec 26, 2015
Dr. Glen Elliott answered
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Possibly: Smiling alone may not be enough, but there is evidence to suggest that people who are happy do better with certain kinds of illnesses. Interestingly, crabby people also have survival advantages in some disorders. Why this might be so remains an area of interest to clinicians and researchers.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Smiling: Endorphins are released, which make you feel less stressed. The stress hormone Cortisol is reduced and homeostasis is stimulated. Emotions are released instead of bottled up, so people are drawn closer and your confidence is raised.
Answered on Jan 1, 2016
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