Author: Angela Weaver-Blake, RDH
I have dedicated most of my life to helping others improve their smile and learning how to maintain a healthy smile. I have found along my journey that smiles are especially important. The smile is so beautiful, but as pretty as a smile is, the main focus should not just be about its beauty. A smile is more important than you can imagine. There have been many studies to prove that smiling can do a world of good for the body, soul, and mind.
When you smile, your body releases cortisol and endorphins that provide many health benefits including: reducing stress, pain, lower blood sugar, and blood pressure. Smiling increases your endurance and it can strengthen your immune system. Smiling is one of the best natural drugs in the world. So, if you are feeling down or in a bad mood, start smiling. Do not be surprised that when you start smiling more, you will begin to feel that much better.
Smiling is a bit contagious as well. When you smile at someone, they can hardly help but smile back at you. It will inevitably make them feel better. Smiling can give you confidence you never realized you had. Even if you must fake it from time to time, smile anyway! You can trick your brain into being happy. Smiling makes you more attractive and will draw others to you. It can put people at ease who feel uncomfortable.
We wonder why most children are always happier than adults. There are studies that show children smile about 400 times per day, compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult only 20 times per day. To work on this, take the initiative to smile more to reap the health and social benefits. There is research that shows smiling can help you live longer and have a healthier life.
So, brush, floss, see your dentist regularly to keep that smile you have healthy and ready to perform. Whatever it takes, smile! It has been proven, the healthy thing to do.
” Smile! It increases your face value” — Robert Harling (1988.) “Steel Magnolias”
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