I would never have thought that I’d get inspiration from The Terminator, but I look forward to The Pump Club, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daily newsletter each morning. He and his collaborator, Adam Bornstein call it the “positive corner of the internet”.
It offers tips and science on physical and mental health, and workouts too. (Speaking of The Terminator, one of my clients’ teenage sons calls me “The Pollinator”!)
This advice is from a recent issue of the newsletter – it seems like it should be simple, but might be difficult to do: smile, even if you don’t feel like it.
I’ve heard it all my life. “Smile!” In bars, walking along the street, once even shouted from a window. I guess it’s my natural resting bitch face. A pick up line at its worst. I’ll never smile when someone tells me to, but turns out that it’s good advice to give ourselves.
Researchers at Penn State found that smiling — even if it’s forced — boosts happiness, reduces stress, and makes you healthier. The researchers found that, “smiling may have a number of health-relevant benefits, including beneficially impacting our physiology during acute stress, improved stress recovery, and reduced illness over time.”
We all need more happiness, and ways to reduce the effects of stress.