A smile a day keeps unhappiness at bay

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Health-conscious adults make sure they eat a varied diet on a day-to-day basis, including tucking into their five a day of fruit and vegetables.

But now health professionals are advising adults to make sure they smile a lot on a daily basis too, as the facial movement comes with its own body boosting benefits.

In a recent British study, it was found that on average, adults smile 11 times a day – that’s 232,000 times over their lifetime, but people felt seven times a day was enough to make a positive impact on their feelings of happiness and contentment.

“We've all heard about the 'five a day' rule for fruit and veg, but the 'importance of seven a day' when it comes to smiles is just as real - the benefits on positive mental health are immense,” psychologist Dr. Jessamy Hibberd explained.

“Smiling has a huge amount of real value - recognised by more than 90 per cent of us - and, when the number of times you smile every day is added up, it can have great benefits to overall happiness.

“While smiling is something that we often do subconsciously, we should be considering it as an important part of our day.”

In a poll of 2,000 adults, it was discovered that summer sunshine was the thing that most gets us smiling, while receiving a discount at the cash register, finding a money down the back of the sofa and a stranger holding the door open also ranked highly on the smile scale.

Other things that make people smile include hearing a baby laugh, seeing an old couple holding hands, finding a parking space, having sole ownership of the television remote and getting through traffic lights before they turn red.

So whatever makes you grin, make sure you let it out as often as possible - it really does do the world of good!

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