Did You Know? Three MAJOR Reasons to Smile
Smiling is one of the most important things you do (hopefully) every day. If smiling weren’t such a big deal, then there wouldn’t be songs about it: Barry Manilow “Can’t Smile Without You,” Hall and Oates want to see “Sara Smile,” and Coldplay believes that “God Put a Smile On Your Face.” When something is so ingrained in our popular culture, then you know it’s worth considering. If you can’t be convinced by music, then perhaps the following information will convince you that there are three major reasons to smile.
You’re in your favorite retail spot and there are two associates available to help you: one is scowling, the other is smiling. Which one do you go to for assistance? The smiling person, of course! Smiling makes you look approachable. Because it makes you look confident, it also makes you look successful. Best of all, it makes you look younger. When you smile, your facial muscles lift everything up a little bit, making your jowls and the wrinkles around your mouth less noticeable. Why opt for a facelift when you can just smile?
Even if you are faking it, smiling can reduce your stress. Psychologists from the University of Kansas found that under laboratory-controlled stressors, those who smiled had a faster heart rate recovery than those who didn’t. Because smiling releases neurotransmitters, it also boosts your immune system. Finally, it can lower your blood pressure. Skeptical? If you have a home blood pressure monitor or have a reliable one at a local drug store, try it for yourself. The evidence will be right there in your results.
Your Overall Well-Being
When you smile, you trigger the release of neuropeptides, dopamine, and serotonin – all of which are natural mood boosters. It also releases endorphins that not only relax your body, but fill you with a “feel good” sensation. If you’re having a bad day, even a forced smile can make you feel better. Bottom line? Smiling just makes you feel good. If for some reason it doesn’t, then at least you’ll make the people around you smile. After all, smiling is contagious!
If your teeth are one of the reasons that you hesitate to smile, contact Wayne Dental Care today. Our team of caring and qualified practitioners is willing, eager, and equipped to make your teeth smile-worthy.