What if we told you there was a secret to better health, improved relationships, elevated mood, and greater success? And what if we told you that you already possess it, and it’s completely free to use? That’s right—the simple act of smiling can bring positive benefits to all areas of your life, in an instant.
Let’s start with the health benefits. According to NeuroNation, “When a smile flashes across your face; dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released into your bloodstream, making not only your body relax but also work to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.”
Some studies compare the benefits of smiling to being similar to a great night’s sleep or vigorous exercise. Lowered stress levels and decreased blood pressure can help regulate all functions, including weight management and disease prevention.
Smiling also improves our relationships with each other. Did you know that when we see someone smiling, it triggers a reaction in our minds associated with reward? We receive chemical signals that we are being rewarded, just because we saw someone smile. We also have a tendency to mimic the emotions we see on the faces of other people. Think about the last time a joyful person related a happy story to you. Did you find yourself smiling back while they told it? Smiling is contagious!
Finally, smiling can help boost our success in the workplace. Penn State University conducted a study that found, “when we smile we not only appear more likeable and courteous, but we’re actually perceived to be more competent.”
If you feel self-conscious about your smile, it may be holding you back from all of these tremendous benefits. Consult with your dentist to see what can be done to make your smile one you can share without fear.
Dr. Mary E. Peebles-Turner cares for patients in Broomfield, Colorado. To learn more about her wonderful practice, and how she has helped her patients to smile with confidence, visit her website at broomfielddentist.com