Day Spa Equals Happiness
As we get older, we obviously don’t
literally live by, “If you’re happy and you
know it, clap your hands.”
So, it’s important to look happy and be
happy. National Smile Week is in Week 2, after
National Girlfriends Day (Aug. 1) and
Friendship Day (Aug. 6) on the calendar. With
it being back to school time, it’s extra
important to share and create happy memories
with family and friends before life gets a
You’ve heard the saying,
“You use more muscles to frown than to smile.”
Technically, that’s not true.
Scientific studies show a small smile uses
about 10 muscles vs. a small frown requires
roughly six muscles. The numbers are closer
with normal smiles (12 muscles) vs. normal
frowns (11 muscles). But frowns require more
effort because we generally don’t (and should
not try to) use those muscles frequently.
Thus, it’s easier to smile! We don’t look
so miserable either. What can make us happier
or get us smiling?
Experience. Whether it’s a massage or a
pedicure, this month is a great time to
reserve some special outings with those close
to you. A massage is very relaxing. It will
soothe your body, reduce joint pain and
anxiety, minimize back pain and promote
flexibility. A pedicure will help keep your
toenails healthy and you can have fun playing
footsies. Reserving an outing with family and
friends promotes healthy conversations and
extra laughs, which means more smiles!
Exercise Your Body. Try a 30-minute walk or
anything that gets you moving. Make it
something you enjoy.
Brain. Read a book, play chess or a board
game, or solve crosswords.
Enough Sleep. Try to get eight hours each
night. Fit in a nap. Be smart.
Right. A healthy and balanced diet is crucial.
Focus on variety, portions, and consumption to
help maintain weight.
Scale back or eliminate caffeine to reduce
weight. Limit alcohol. Drink water. Flavor it
Laugh More. Listen to
a comedy show, exchange jokes with your
friends or act silly.
Make visiting the
spa part of your lifestyle! Reduce your stress
and be happy!