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Print Posted on 11/07/2017 in Category 1

Are your dolphins swimming?

Are your dolphins swimming?

A recent study showed that when told to smile, men experienced it as a positive interaction and women felt it was negative. It seems men see it as playful or flirtatious, while women see it as treading on their right to feel and look however they want.

I've been annoyed by that in the past, so I can definitely relate. But maybe they had good intentions...

Apparently, massive amounts of endorphins and dopamine are released in the body when we smile, and even more when we laugh. It also lowers cortisol which is what causes that knot in your stomach and contributes to weight gain.

Which means it's a highly effective tool for combatting anxiety and depression. I'm not saying it will fix everything (or that we should be telling each other what to do), but the more time we spend smiling and laughing, the closer we will get to WANTING to smile and laugh more often.

When my wife and I were first dating we used to joke about the endorphins caused by new love. We called them dolphins.

Are your dolphins swimming?

I challenge you (and me) to wake up your dolphins by smiling for a minimum of 3 minutes, 3 times a day for the next week. And if you want an extra challenge, try imagining your heart opening at the same time.

If you've got too many negative emotions to even consider this... that's where I come in. I can help you release those for good. It's what I do.

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