SMILE IS A STRESS BUSTER

Recently in our India, food outlet KFC allowed people to pay just smiling. In other countries, smiling schools have been training youngsters to smile more than they do these days.  If you think all the above is laughable, first laugh a bit. Then take a stock of your surroundings. How many people around you are smiling right now? It doesn’t matter where you are,work,home or commuting…..or better still when were you last smiling? It’s a world of disappearing smiles, feels life coach of any one. It is the most simple act but we won’t smile enough anymore. We found this strange because smiling is the best way to immediately uplift your energy; and everyone is looking for ways to boost energies,improve his or her mood.  A while ago researchers at the united states of kansas published findings that revealed smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress, and lowers heart rate in tense situations. That’s not all. Yet another suggests smiling leads to longevity. Yet so few of us smile these days.  WHY WE SMILE LESS- Broadly speaking there are a few reasons why we don’t smile these days; Status affects how readily people turn smiles. Some people just aren’t prone to smiling-thay may be shy, self-conscious and unsure of themselves. If you stare at your smartphone, you will not make eye contact and not smile. Some people think if they smile at everyone,they will be perceived as less effective and less powerful. Some cultures consider smiling as unintelligent or a sign of weakness. Witholding a smile is also a way of setting boundaries for some. SMILE TO BE HAPPY- People who smile frequently arte perceived as being more confident and successful. Most people are inclined to start a conversation with a stranger when the stranger is smiling. People who smile a lot have a better chance of being promoted. Your smile is so powerful that it will have a positive impact on phone conversations. So, all these concludes that happiness is the result of smiling , contrary to what people believe. In fact, even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost. Usually, we think that a positive experience is what makes us smile. But smile is a positive experience in itself.     

EMOTIONAL EATING VS MINDFUL EATING

Not all episodes of eating are driven by hunger.ṣometimes it could be our emotions driving us towards food- which are seldom healthy. Hence knowing the difference between the two types of eating is necessary as it could be our answer to everything ranging from weight loss to gut health ,immunity,moods,relationship with food ,fear,anxiety and so much more. THE DIFFERENCE- In mindful eating,one finds a healthy and balanced meal very satisfying and fulfilling,whereas, in emotional eating,a bag of chips or bar of chocolate sounds more inviting. When one mindfully eats, it is easier for the personto stop when they start to feel full,hence portions are controlled. In emotional eaying one cannot identify signs of fullness. Mindful eating makes us feel nourished,healthy,satisfied,content,grateful after a meal,whereas emotional eating makes us feel guilty,sad,shameful.in extreme cases,emotional eating could also lead to purguing and other eating disorders. WHY DO WE EAT EMOTIONALLY? When we are under sttress,we start to deplete the feel-good neurotransmitters in our body,like endorphin,serotonin,dopamine,oxytocin.foods laden with sugar,salt,fat-when eaten during stress makes our body release the same chemicals making us feel good.People misinterpret this as ‘comfort food’.the fact ,however,is that exercise,lovemaking,sleep,a hug,meditation releases the same chemicals too,but we often fail to adopt these healthier ways and choose negative behaviours instead. Stress simplifies the reward centre of our brain- which is why we feel extremely good when we eat an ice cream on days we feel low.our brain then saves this feeling like a memory and reminds us to reach out for something sugary every time we feel this way. Stress cuts off the oxygen supply to our brain,which is why we feel extremely good when we eat an ice-cream on days we feel low..our brain then saves this feeling like a memory andreminds us to reach out for something sugary every time we feel this way. With sttress comes lack of sleep ,fatigue,grogginess making it easier for us to reach out for quick fixes like sugar,salt,caffeine and alcohol. Chronic stress is also known to cause gut dysbiosis,meaning an imbalance in the good and bad microbes in our gut. More the bad microbes , more our body craves for sugar- as these bad bacteria need sugar as fuel to survive.

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