With the weather and wind these days, I am seeing fewer smiles as we dash into buildings trying to take cover from the elements. I have realized that I miss all the smiles you encounter, whether on a walk, in a parking lot, or upon entering a building after just racing for cover. I realized that I am likely sensitive to the fact that we have covered our faces for the past two years in healthcare, so we are even more smile-deprived. Maybe we all need a reminder of the power of a smile. Smiling can use up to 53 facial muscles or less, depending on the type of smile. There are also several health benefits to smiling, such as stress relief, sharing of approval or delight, burning calories, reducing blood pressure, decreasing pain, and overall helping with happiness. Please share with us your smile on Facebook this week!
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA
JMHS Interim CEO