A Picture for a Smile

I came across the following little tidbit of info on Prevention:

Brain imaging studies have shown that the simple act of looking at a photo of someone you love can activate brain structures associated with feelings of wellbeing, and also lessen the brain activity associated with feeling stressed, says Carolyn Daitch, PhD, psychologist and director of the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders near Detroit. “Take a moment a few times a day to glance at a picture of a loved one and give yourself an emotional boost,” she says.

I’m a little torn about this suggestion. If the loved one is close by and you can see him/her/them whenever you want, this might be effective. But if you can’t see them, it kind of hurts. However, I remember a time a few years back when I was out of the country for a week or so, and I was missing the little ones in my life terribly. I pulled up the following video of my grandson, Bear, who was still just a toddler. I watched it over and over. It made me smile, for sure. I still watch it to this day whenever I need a pick-me-up.

Have a watch and see if you smile. It is only seconds long.

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2 Responses to A Picture for a Smile

  1. Marie Francis says:

    Thank you for sharing… It’s interesting the way our brain works and how it can be trained.

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