Children smile more than 400 times a day. Yet as we age, our faces begin to show more blank expressions and even frowns.
The happiest of adults smile an average of 40–50 times a day, while the average adult only smiles 20 times a day. Fortunately, there is good news about smiling that may inspire us to change our ways. Growing research finds that smiling elicits a plethora of health benefits, including less stress and a happier, longer life.
Scientific studies conclude that smiling is similar to getting restful sleep and actually awakens your brain with feel-good neural messaging. Even slight grins boost physical health. For example, smiling:
Right at Home caregivers understand how to bring out smiles through shared activities, conversations and memories with your elderly loved ones. And that is something to smile about.
How can you help your ageing loved one smile more often throughout the day?