Have you ever wondered why we smile?
We are all aware that smiling is an expression denoting pleasure, sociability, happiness, or amusement. Not only does it make people more likeable and more approachable, but it also helps with a variety of other factors you probably didn’t even know about. From the ‘smile experts’ here at Stonegate Dental, here are our top 5 reasons to smile more in the new year.
Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress is often overwhelming. We all know how we get when we’re stressed (so let’s not go there). Smiling helps to alleviate symptoms of stress whether or not it was a natural smile or not! It’s actually true. Smiling reduces stress even if it you consciously forced the smile! (I bet you just tried it!) According to research published in the journal Psychological Science, simply putting on a grin is not only good for you psychologically, but physiologically too. What better a reason to make it your New Year’s resolution to get some professional teeth whitening from us?
Smiling Makes Us Feel Better
Similar to the last point, putting on a smile simply improves our mood. The physical act of smiling triggers neural activity in our brain, which then makes the body produce more of those feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. Not only does the smile affect the body from an internal standpoint, but the actual lifting of the face makes you look more youthful. Smiling makes people more attractive and more active. Recent studies show that this increase in youthfulness can even be attributed to how successful or confident someone may appear. It’s that simple.
Smiling Improves Overall Health
Smiling helps the body relax. Through this increased state of relaxation, smiling contributes to a healthier immune system. It even helps to lower your blood pressure after smiling! Who knew something as easy as a smile could make such a difference?
Smiling is Contagious
Think of the last time you saw your extended family these holidays. There must’ve been a few moments where you can vividly remember the whole table smiling. A smile really is contagious! It’s been scientifically proven that when you see someone else smiling you’re naturally more likely to unconsciously smile yourself.
Smiling Keeps Us Positive
Last but not least, smiling helps to remain from thinking negatively. Simply smiling, whether natural or forced, helps us our body cope with the everyday things being thrown at us. Studies have shown that simply trying to smile more throughout the day actually has similar effects on our mood as anti-depressants. That’s something to smile about. Smiling is the easiest way to keep yourself in a good mood all day.
Here at our Guelph dentist office we’re always happy and willing to help you with your unique needs.
There really is a magic in a smile!
Located at 5b-292 Stone Road West in Guelph, Ontario we’re available Monday to Friday.
Let your smile bloom, we are here to make sure you’ll want to smile and show off those pearly whites all day long. Book your appointment today!