The Positive Impact of a Smile
Smiling is often understood as a reaction to someone or something that makes you feel happy. But a smile can be so much more than a response — in fact, purposefully smiling more frequently can have a positive impact on your life.
Mood Booster and Stress Reliever
While we often smile when we feel happy, you may also be able to smile in order to boost your mood. According to research on the facial feedback hypothesis, which states that your emotions are intensified by the movements of your face, smiling could make you feel more positive.
When you feel happier, you tend to be relaxed. In addition to feeling happier, smiling can release built-up tension and reduces chemicals in your body related to stress hormones. One of these chemicals, cortisol, can lead to health conditions if it gets out of hand.
Smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, the mood-boosting and stress-relieving chemicals that can change your life.
Strengthens Your Social Ties
People who are smiling are often seen as being more attractive and likely to connect with others. Part of the reason why is because some actions are socially contagious, like yawning. Smiling is another one of these social cues that connect people.
When you smile around others, you’re helping a wave of positivity to spread. If people notice they feel happier and smile more around you, it’s likely they’ll want to be around you more often.
Improves Health and Lifespan
Smiling and laughing not only makes your mood better — it can also help to heal your body. The same chemicals that make you feel more positive can also naturally lower blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and relieve pain.
That doesn’t mean smiling is a replacement for professional healthcare. But alongside other treatments, laughter-focused therapy has been found to enhance the effects of healing.
After learning about all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why people who smile more often live longer, healthier lives. Optimism can actually influence how long you live, so even if it may not come naturally to you, it doesn’t hurt to try it.
All That Your Smile Can Do for You
Your smile can do so much for you, but it can be hard to smile when you’re not confident. Missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures can make you feel self-conscious and reluctant to express joy. Dr. Stockdale can give you a permanent, natural-looking smile that you love.
To learn how he can do this for you, call our office at (909) 297-1967 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We’ll be with you right away to help answer your questions.