Why Smiling Is Good for Your Health
Do you smile often? What is it that keeps you from proudly flaunting those pearly whites more frequently? If you were guaranteed that smiling, and even laughing, could drastically improve your health, would you set goals and intentionally work it into your health and fitness regimen?
The truth is smiling is one of the very best, most effective, and easiest things you can do for your health. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide for you—a list of the benefits smiling can have on your mind, your body, and your overall well-being.
Smiling affects your brain
Every time you smile, neuropeptides in your brain are released. There feel-good transmitters, that fight off stress, relax your body and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Stressed out? Make smiling be your go-to relaxation technique.
Endorphins (more feel-good transmitters) are released from your brain when you smile, and they act as a natural pain reliever.
Serotonin is released when you smile which naturally lifts your mood without the side effects of prescription anti-depressants. So, when you’re feeling down, try smiling instead of popping pills, and see if that cheers you up.
Want to protect your heart?
Smiling often leads to laughter, and when it does, your heart rate speeds up, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. In other words, when you laugh, you’re reducing your risk of heart disease!
Studies show that laughter (which, again, almost always begins with a smile) releases molecules in your brain that fight illness while, conversely, negative thoughts can bring down your body’s immunity. Turn the frown upside down, and it might just boost your immune system enough to protect you from the winter cold that everyone is coming down with.
Smiling affects your body
A smiling person is generally perceived as someone who is relaxed and happy, confident and sincere, and therefore, more attractive than one who is not.
Live long and smile!
According to a study that used photographs of facial expressions to measure levels of emotion, there’s a link between smile intensity and the length of a life span. The bigger your smile, the longer your life!
Smiling affects your social life
If smiling is contagious, your smile will bring a smile to someone else, altering his or her outlook. Do your friends a favor and use your smile to cheer them up.
People are drawn to those who smile because they come across as likable and positive folks. And being likable makes it simpler to develop and maintain friendships. Smile more and watch your social circle expand.
So, what are you doing to improve your smile? How are you striving to make it a badge of confidence that can be displayed for everyone to see? There’s no doubt about it. Wearing a smile that you love is a worthwhile investment. It might just save your life!
Do not delay—smile away! We are in the practice of helping patients have their best smiles, and we want to do that for you. Call us for a smile consultation today! Kentfield Dental Phone Number 415-456-5402
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