3. Smile. You might think that 28 out of 31 days of rain in the month of October – as you can see indicated by the wet skylight above me in the picture – might not make me smile, but as Thich Nhat Hanh said: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” There are in fact plenty of reasons to smile despite the weather or circumstances we find ourselves in. Here are some reasons cited by current research:
1. It has similar effects as an anti-depressant by lifting our moods
2. It makes us appear more attractive to others
3. It releases all of the feel-good neurotransmitters: dopamine, endorphins and serotonin which, relaxes your body, lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
4. The added bonus of these endorphins is that they act as a natural pain reliever.