How Botox Could Save the World

Tasha's Secrets“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” Rufus Wainwright

What would happen if everybody in the world was happy?  For a start, stress levels would drop.  Research shows that stress is linked to an increasing variety of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.   With fewer diseases, perhaps we’d all be a little less fearful, a little more relaxed, and far more optimistic.

Depression is considered one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in North America.  Nearly one-half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Depression is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.  According to Australian Government statistics, everyone will at some time in their life be affected by depression – theirs or someone else’s.  The Anxiety and Depression Association states that anxiety disorders affect 18% of the population.

If everyone was in a perpetually good mood, countless forms of suffering would be eliminated.  What would that be like?  Is it even possible to have a happy planet?

According to recent studies reported in Readers Digest, serotonin, your “feel good” hormone, is boosted every summer by increased levels of sunlight.  To battle the winter “blahs” and keep brain serotonin at optimal levels, Dr. James, Meschino, DC, MS, ND, author of The Meschino’s Optimal Living Program recommends 1 hour before bed taking 2 capsules of a supplement containing:
10 mg D
5-HTP
O.5 mg melatonin
25 mg GABA gamma-amino butyruc acid
15 mg Bacopa monnieri (20% bacosides)

You can consume 10 to 30 mg of 5-HTP, derived from the seeds of an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP is efficiently converted into serotonin in the brain.

An article in describes 10 things that put you in a bad mood, that you can avoid or change.

“Food can affect your mood, causing irritability, mood swings, lack of focus, aggression, nervousness or hyperactivity. If you suffer from regular mood swings, try keeping a food diary – noting what you eat as well as any changes in mood – to see if you can identify a link.”

“Your surroundings can heavily influence your mood. While red can make some people feel irritable or hostile, yellow communicates happiness and blue aids relaxation, so try accessorizing your home with colours that enhance your mood. Research has also suggested that hanging up soothing pictures — such as beautiful landscape paintings.”

“A study by researchers at the University of Warwick has found that rather than improving quality of life for workers, following a job promotion employees suffered from increased mental strain and there was on average a 10 per cent decrease in people’s mental health.”

“Research has shown that night time light can suppress the production of melatonin; a mood-regulating hormone which is only produced during darkness.”

“Deficiencies in vitamin D, the B vitamins (particularly B6, B12 and folate) and omega-3 fatty acids can all lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.”

“Research has found that emotions – both positive and negative – are contagious and easily passed from person to person, often without you being aware of it.”

“According to a study published in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, night owls are almost three times as likely as early birds to experience severe symptoms of depression.”

“A study by researchers from Monash University has found that women who take birth control pills are twice as likely to be depressed as those who don’t.”

“According to the results of a large study conducted by New Zealand researchers, people who smoke cigarettes may increase their risk of developing depression, and those who are addicted to nicotine may be more than twice as likely to have depressive symptoms than those who are not.”

Another Readers Digest article described how warding off depressive feelings can be as simple as turning your frown upside down.  “One study, by Dr. Eric Finzi and Norman E. Rosenthal, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in May 2014, found that Botox might be an effective treatment for depression.  Patients reported feeling less depressed six weeks after being injected.  Researchers at the Hanover Medical School in Germany and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center also conducted trials with similar results.  It turns out that facial expressions induce the mood they’re supposed to evoke.  In other words, you aren’t frowning because you’re upset; you’re upset because you’re frowning.  When the muscles responsible for sadness are paralyzed, the theory goes, we’re prevented from getting stuck in those emotions.”

It’s been proven in various studies that humans tend to lean towards the negative.  Face yoga can take years off a person’s appearance.  Perhaps we should train children in the power of a smile.  Maybe Botox would lift moods and ease the suffering in prisons?  Lots to think about!

As an experiment, for the last two days, I’ve planted a smile on my face, regardless of my mood.  It’s been interesting.  Among other things, I noticed that my sense of humour surfaced, my energy and creativity spiked, plus I became more efficient.  Life seemed a little simpler and easier because I wasn’t overwhelmed with worry or anxiety about how to get everything done.  I just did it.  Okay, it wasn’t exactly a scientific double blind study.  However, may I suggest you give smiling a try, especially when you don’t feel like it.  Since it’s contagious, you really can lift the world with your smile.smile