Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center community service program:
FLOWERS FOR A SMILE
Did you know that smiling has significant health benefits?
We live in a country that spends trillions of dollars annually on healthcare, yet Americans life expectancy falls far behind those of countries that spend significantly less money on their healthcare systems. Here at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center we like to focus on prevention of diseases and on finding more affordable and effective ways to improve our patients’ overall health and well-being. As a healthcare provider, I have seen that our patients’ health is impacted not only by their diets and lifestyle choices, but also by the way they interact with those around them. I would like to emphasize the importance of engaging in positive relationships that bring joy and happiness to one’s life. A strong, genuine indicator of happiness is a simple smile. Research has shown that smiling has numerous health benefits and the best part is that it’s free! Smiling lowers your heart rate and blood pressure by slowing the heart and relaxing your body. Another great health benefit of smiling is that it reduces your stress levels. Stress can be extremely detrimental for your body’s cells and studies have shown that high levels of stress can lead to the development of cancer. Smiling releases endorphins in your brain that reduce your stress levels (hence supporting adrenal function). This release of endorphins can also be beneficial for pain reduction. Research also shows that smiling can contribute to a better immune system since it allows your body to relax and this helps your immune system to react quicker and more effectively against pathogens and diseases.
I am collecting flowers from grocery stores that are unsold and will otherwise be disposed of and bringing these flowers to those who are at assisted living facilities. CAUSE A SMILE TODAY BY DONATING FLOWERS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES’ PATIENTS. If you are affiliated with an assisted living facility/nursing home and would like flowers to be delivered, please contact us.
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