How To Smile To Prevent A Heart Attack

by Dr. Christopher on May 23, 2012

The right or wrong way to smile?

Smile.  Go ahead.  Do it.

Make sure it’s the fake kind of smile you do when saying “cheese” for a family picture.

Now, imagine me sitting right in front of you, telling you the truth about yourself.

You’re a beautiful, wonderful, one in a gazillion, powerful human being who can achieve anything you want in your life.

Now, smile again. But feel the positivity behind this smile.

Does your face feel different?

I imagine that the second one feels alot more real?

The Science Shows that Sincerity Counts!

Humans are very perceptive when it comes to detecting insincerity.

More than your words, other human beings are constantly reading your posture, gestures, tones, and actions.

When you give others a fake smile, others sense it.

As you struggle to hold your cheesy smile for the family picture, you wonder how awkward you must look.

Not only that, but you’re setting yourself up for an ischemic event, which is a fancy way of saying, a heart attack.

Researches at the Duke University Medical Center used an imaging technique to observe the heart in action while identifying different facial expressions of emotion.  They identified many different expressions.

The researchers determined that all smiles involve the zygomaticus major muscle, whose action is to raise our lip corners.

Only genuine, heart-felt smiles involve orbicularis oculi, the muscles that circle each of our eyes.  They create crow’s feet when we smile.

It is the crow’s feet that reveals whether the person who is smiling actually feels the positivity they convey. 

Therefore, it is the crow’s feet that reveal whether you’re setting yourself up for a heart attack.  (The other facial expression that could forecast an ischemic event was one of anger.)

The Next Time You’re “Cheesing” In That Family Picture

It’s not good enough for the photographer to say “Say ‘Cheese’!”

That photographer is increasing your risk of a heart attack.  What a stinker!

Find the photographer who makes you feel that heart-felt smile:

  • She may know a funny joke that makes you laugh (What did the olive say when it fell from the tree?  Scroll to the end of the post for the answer).
  • He may have lots of gas and let out a fart before he snaps your photo.

Whatever method the photographer chooses, make sure your smile is real.  Not only during the photo, but throughout the day.  And smile a lot!  As much as possible!

Smiling and laughing are great for your health.  Not just because they soothe your mind.  But because they actually reduce the stress in your body that leads to heart disease.\

It’s not “Cheese!”, but “Who cut the cheese?!”

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Northern NJ.  He has been trained under the Integrative Diagnosis system for “clinical excellence”.  He loves to help people in ANY way he can. Please reach out to him if he can be of a service in any way. It doesnt hurt to ask.

Resource: Positivity by Barbara Frederickson

Here’s the full version of the IntraEarthly Whirlwind of Wanton Love speech if you’re interested.  The password is: BRC.

Joke Answer: “I’ll live!”  LOL.

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Anne Marie June 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

It’s funny this article talks about crow’s feet, but in a postive light… I have noticed lately that there’s no denying my age when I see those lines around my eyes, but maybe now I don’t feel so badly about them. It does feel good to smile!!!

Dr. Christopher June 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Yes AM, those are the signs of someone who smiles and H2H Hugs a lot! Keep doing it daily! I’ll help you on Monday. : )

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