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Your NEW Wake-Up Routine

your phone or turn on the news or whatever you usually do, try this instead: lightly engage your two zygomaticus majors, but only enough to pleasantly feel them turning the corners of your mouth into an ever so tiny…SMILE.

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Sonoma County Fairgrounds March 10th & 11th!

Get your dog cleaner than ever! Our convenient wash stations have all you’ll need!

Since 1967 we’ve been the favorite place to shop for your pets & farm animals!

$12 per 15 minutes! Vaccination clinics every Sunday from 9:30am to 11:30 am

Western Farm Center 21 West 7th Street ~ Santa Rosa Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm • Sun 9:30am-4pm

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NOTE: do not grin, do not part your lips, or show your teeth. Just feel a pleasant light be- ginning of a smile. Hold it for just a few seconds. Voila! You will feel an al- most immediate ripple effect of this action…stay with it, and then relax for at least thirty seconds. “Scientists and spiritual teachers alike agree that the simple act of smiling can transform you and the world around you,” according to behavioral psychologist and author, Sarah Stevenson, in a Psychology Today arti- cle (2012). She goes on to cite Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh who teaches, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,

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smile can be the source of your joy.” It turns out when our smiling muscles con- tract, they fire a signal back to the brain, stimu- lating our reward system, and further increasing our level of happy hor- mones, e.g. endorphins. In short, when our brain feels happy, we smile; when we smile, our brain feels happier. Steven- son explains, “The feel- good neurotransmitters ~ dopamine, endorphins and serotonin ~ are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well. This not only re- laxes your body, but it can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure. The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever ~ 100-percent organic and without the potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions.” A minimal smile

upon awaking is a sim- ple, efficient, and free stress-reducing


mula. It will change your mood, attitude, and pro- vide a positive impact on your general well-be- ing. These benefits are will feel as if a ray of sunshine is flowing through your en- tire body. Stay with this “exer-

cise” for a short 8–10 seconds. Remember: No thinking, no planning, no must-do list...nothing. Just be with your small pleasant smile. You’ll be delighted to see you’ll actually feel different as this gentle smile at the very beginning of your day will have a lasting benefit on your entire nervous system and overall well-being. Re- solve to do it daily and you will reap the bene- fits. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~ Phyllis Diller, celebrated comedienne extraordinaire.

Pamela Rand, Past Primetime Productions, produces “Adventures in Feeling Young,” the name of the free You- Tube channel featur- ing these “ladies-of-a- certain age” taking on the world. She and her fellow youthful septua- genarian, Ellen Brooks, seasoned actresses and comediennes, rollick their way through light- hearted, under-5-minute sketches in battering away at the creaky myths of aging ~ to the laugh-out-loud joy of audiences both young and old.

Learn more:

www.AdventuresInFeel- Media Relations: (Ms.) “Sam” Jernigan, publicist, Renaissance Consulta- tions,, 530.362.1339

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