Heal Your Body, relieve Stress, Lower Blood pressure  Appear Younger and improve your relationships – can a theatre break really do all that?

Personally I always go on holiday or short break with all the best intentions of mainting a healthy lifestyle.

I search for the hotels with spas and a gym and swimming pool. I promise myself that I will get up before breakfast and put in a session in the pool to set myself up for the day. I promise myself that I will get an early night and that I wont go crazy on the full English breakfast.

But all my best intentions are quickly forgotten as the porter sets down my bags and closes the door behind him and I glance guiltily at the one bag I know I will not unpack for the weekend: my gym bag!

So how happy do you think I am to hear that my theatre break to see The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre in London is actually better for me than I ever imagined?

The important fact is that The Play That Goes Wrong is a comedy and a very funny one at that. Because what is going to lower my blood pressure, strengthen my immune system and even make me look younger is the amount of smiling I am going to be doing!

Smiling is an amazing, natural, free, self-administered, pain-killing drug. It works by releasing serotonin and endorphins, making us feel better.

It measurably lowers blood pressure and relieves stress and, by changing both your facial appearance and your whole body posture, it presents a more healthy and fun-loving demeanour in yourself which will, in turn, improve the mood of those around you, which will in turn improve your mood creating a self-fulfilling circle of fun, stress-free living and happiness.

You  notice the effect that a smiling person has on a room as they enter? This will be you after your theatre break!

Smiling will also help you make better decisions because you will be more relaxed and positive.

Of course I really don’t mind how old I look, but it is also nice to be told you are looking young! Smiling actually lifts the face making a smiling face look younger.

Lastly, by re-balancing your autonomous nervous system, the common-all-garden smile will improve the function of your nervous system and thus protect you from illness

Of course I am only a travel agent and not a doctor, so I cannot guarantee the above, but I know that when I smile I feel a better person, I feel my life is better and if those are the signals that I am giving off to my friends and family then I hope that will make them happy!

Of course it doesn’t really matter what makes you smile, it only really matters that you do.

The bad news is that World Smiling Day is not until the first Friday in October (02 October in 2015), the good news is that you can book a theatre break to see a comedy at any time!

Author Simon Harding’s family have been organising breaks to London’s Theatreland and putting smiles on people’s faces for 35 years. You can book your smile by visiting www.theatrebreaks.co.uk

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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