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Facial Expressions May Affect Your Mood So… Say Cheese!


Can you believe that something as simple as flexing your facial muscles into a smile can provide instant health benefits? Numerous studies show a connection between facial expressions and mood.

Even when frowns are prevented from occurring with a cosmetic procedure, studies have concluded that the inability to frown actually improved a subject’s mood and decreased symptoms of depression.

Dr. Eric Finzi, a medical director and president of Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Chevy Chase, Md., and Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Greenbelt, Md., theorizes that the reason for this is the constant feedback going on between facial expression muscles and the brain.

A paper published by the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery in 2006 reported on a small pilot study conducted by Dr. Eric Finzi which found nine of 10 depressed patients recovered from their symptoms after receiving a cosmetic procedure which paralyzed the muscles between the eyebrows. Shockingly, this was nearly twice the success rate of anti-depressants.

Does this mean that cosmetic procedures should be the new cure for depression? Absolutely not! But it does indicate that there are ways other than with prescription medications to improve and balance your moods and stress levels, such as with herbal and homeopathic remedies.

So, can we train our facial muscles to smile instead of frowning? The answer is yes. “We have a lot of control over our moods,” says William Fleeson, associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, who has shown in studies that subjects are actually able to change the expression of basic personality traits on demand and lift their spirits in a matter of minutes.

Smiling and deep breathing when faced with difficulties and times of stress are a great way to neutralize negative thoughts that can make matters even worse. Many people don’t even realize they frown and sometimes even stop breathing normally when under stress.

When we are nervous or anxious, breathing usually becomes shallow. This deprives our body of fresh oxygen and elevates our heart rate, further aggravating symptoms of anxiety.
Having the mental clarity to take a moment and slow down your breathing is hard to remember but can be achieved with perseverance, and the benefits to your mental and physical health will be enormous.

If smiling– even not frowning– can help control the symptoms of depression, imagine how well natural remedies can help provide extra support. Natural treatments that feature herbal and homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle to use without adverse side effects. Native Remedies provides you with a full range of proven natural remedies for support of your physical, emotional and mental well-being.

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