A smile is important for an infinite number of reasons. Smiling is beneficial for your mental and physical health. Smiling helps you communicate with the world.
- Overall, people who smile more tend to have longer lives. There is research that suggests happiness increases lifespan
- Smiling helps to alleviate stress. Even faking a smile can help to lift your mood
- Smiles are contagious mood-elevators. Smiling actually sends messages to your brain that positively influence your emotions. The physical act of smiling can increase your dopamine and serotonin levels. Since people tend to consciously and unconsciously mimic those around them, your smile (and good mood!) is contagious
- Smiling boosts your immune system and lowers blood pressure. Smiling helps to relax you, so when you smile, your immune system functions better and your blood pressure lowers
- Smiling reduces physical pain. Smiles release endorphins and other natural pain killers to help relax your body and alleviate pain
- Smiling increases productivity. Positive emotions tend to drive humans while negative emotions do the opposite. Smiling can also boost creativity and help with decision-making
- Smiling brings out the best in you. When you smile, you’re perceived as more attractive, confident, youthful and successful. Smiling also helps you stay positive with those wonderful endorphins your brain releases
Your smile is important, so it’s important to take care of it. Remember to listen to dental professionals and get cleanings/exams twice a year to keep up with your oral health!