“A smile is a laugh that bursts.”-Mary H. Waldrip
Smiling makes us more attractive
This is the best news we’ve heard all day!
How does this work exactly?
Well, people are naturally drawn to other people who smile. A recent study published by the American Psychological Association shows that smiling makes you more attractive by stimulating the part of the brain associated with sensory rewards.
In other words, show us those pearly whites. Use your smile to show people you are warm and inviting.
Smiling’s a natural stress reliever
Let’s face it. Life’s stressful.
We should do anything we can do to make it less stressful. Even if you don’t feel like smiling–or aren’t aware you are–smiling relieves stress. The chemicals released when you smile trick your brain into thinking you’re less stressed than you actually are.
Smiling’s a mood elevator
Smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and other natural painkillers. These neurotransmitters make our bodies feel good and relax your body, helping to reduce physical pain.
Like yawning, smiling is contagious.
Research shows that if you surround yourself with happy, smiling people, you yourself will become happy and smiley.
If your friends and family are happy, your happiness level jumps as well. Even if a friend of a friend is happy, it can benefit you. Now that’s something to smile about!
Smiling boosts your immune system
This one comes as a surprise to some.
Studies show, that just the act of smiling actually helps our immune system function more effectively. Immune function improves when you smile because neurotransmitters send messages to your brain that you’re more relaxed–even if you aren’t.
We try to stay healthy by washing our hands and exercising–smiling takes almost not time or energy.
Smiling is the fountain of youth
We’re got the secret for you!
Smiling’s nature’s way of keeping you looking young. The very same muscles we use to smile also work to lift your face–strengthening and making you appear younger. A natural way to keep looking younger? Yes, please!
Smiles lead to success
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” -Annie
Studies show that people who smile, become more successful. Try smiling while you’re pitching an idea at a business meeting and watch the result.
Show me your smile
Smiling activates areas of the brain associated with reward and triggers release of the dopamine.
Smiling also stimulates a response in areas of the brain that involve emotional processing. Plus, there appears to be a link between smiling and factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, and other stress indicators.
If that doesn’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.
Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.