Keep On Smiling
When you smile, it generally indicates that you’re happy, but it can also provide you with so many more benefits that you might not even be aware of.
What’s there not to smile about? Dr. Internoscia is here to discuss both the emotional and physcial advantages that you receive when you simply flash a quick smile.
Lift Your Spirits
In a bad mood? Try to force a smile out. You’d be surprised that whether your smile is authentic or not, the physical action of doing so can actually improve your mood.
Smiling releases a hormone in our bodies called dopamine, which naturally releases a feeling of pleasure and rewards. This results in more positive thoughts and a happier you.
Whenever you’re in an overwhelming situation, smile. The simple expression can release more feel-good hormones called serotonin and endorphins which are both related to reducing stress levels.
If you try your best to stay smiling while you’re stressed out, you’ll notice that is can help you feel more relaxed and at ease.
Improve Your Heart Health
Smiling and laughing can help lower your blood pressure which results in a happier, healthier heart.
A study found that laughter will initially increase your heart rate, but then will be followed up by a period of muscle relaxation which decreases both heart rate and blood pressure. In the end, this pattern will help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Better Your Immune System
Feeling sick? It may not be an exact cure, but laughter can help boost your body’s immune system as it releases molecules in your brain that help fight stress and illness. Laughter therapy can also increase immune responses in women who have just had babies, a 2015 study found.
Pain relief is also another benefit of smiling and laughing as your body releases its own natural painkillers. Social laughter can increase your pain threshold, which results in a higher pain tolerance. Next time you’re in pain watch a comedy show or laugh with family and friends to feel better.
Have Stronger Relationships
When you pass by someone or meet someone for the first time, you’re typically more inclined to smile at them rather than frown or look angry. We’re more drawn towards people who appear friendly, which helps us meet new people and make friends.
Smiling will also make you look more approachable and help you maintain longer relationships. So, keep on smiling if you’re looking to strengthen your social relationships with people who enjoy being around you.
Believe it or not, smiling can even increase your lifespan. Studies found that smiling and positivity are associated with a longer lifetime. Plus, smiling can enhance your appearance and help you look more youthful!
Why Wait to Smile?
If you’re hesitant about smiling due to a dental flaw or missing tooth, don’t wait any longer. Here at Towne Centre Family Dental, Dr. Internoscia can offer a variety of dental treatments to help you feel more confident again.
You can give us a call or fill out a form below to schedule a consultation so we can start on your journey towards a healthier, happier smile.