Smile!!! It not only makes you look good, but smiling is very good for you!!
Our Weston-area dental patients expect us to give them a beautiful and healthy smile through the full range of cosmetic and complete dental services that we offer. But did you know that, in addition to making you look good, smiling has a wide variety of health and social benefits?
What Are the Health Benefits of Smiling?
One of the most surprising things about smiling is just how much it can affect your health—both physical and mental. Smiling has been shown to release endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters that reduce you stress and improve your mood. This lowered stress from smiling (and also from laughing!) can also lead to a lower heart rate and blood pressure. Smiling also releases natural painkillers into your bloodstream, which can lessen both physical and emotional pain. People who smile often have also been found to have an increased number of white blood cells – an integral part of your body’s defenses, leading to a stronger immune system. Smiling also results in positive increases in mental health. Studies have shown that smiling increases attention span and leads to higher productivity. Finally, smiling may make you live longer – according to one study, by as much as 7 years!
What about the social benefits of smiling?
Smiling has more than just health benefits – it also can cause a variety of social benefits. Smiling makes you feel more relaxed, comfortable, and in control of difficult or stressful situations. When other people see you smile, they are more likely to trust you, and feel a sense of empathy, which can make them, react better towards you. Smiling also makes people feel that you are younger and better looking. Men are especially likely to find a woman’s smile attractive, although the reverse is not as true. Smiling also tends to make people look up to you as a leader, as they are more likely to feel that you are in control and in charge. Finally, smiling is contagious – on average about half of people will smile when you smile, so you can spread these benefits to everyone nearby with only a single smile!
So go ahead and smile, it’s good for you and those around you!