You might think that smiling is simply a reaction to some sort of stimulus. Something makes you happy or makes you laugh and so you smile, right? Well that’s not always the case! Smiling, forced or not, is known to have a many positive effects on not only the person smiling, but those around that person as well. What can smiling do for you? Read on to find out!

Smiling is Contagious

Just like yawning, smiling can have a contagious effect on the people around you. Studies have shown that even seeing someone smile activates the region of your brain that control your facial muscles which more often than not leads to a smile. Even those in less than favorable situations are likely to mimic the smiles of those around them. The next time someone you know is having a bad day, just show them a smile and help turn their day around!

Smiling Might Actually Make You Healthier

There are few studies done on Psychoneuroimmunology (The study of psychological processes on the nervous and immune system) but one study published here has shown a link between between smiling and white blood cell levels. Children at the hospital had their blood tested both 30 minutes and 1 hour after a visit from storytellers, puppeteers, and handicraft artists. Of the children visited there was an 8.43% increase of lymphocytes (a small white blood cell) and the amount decreased at a 12.45% slower rate than children who were not visited by the fun people (this is the technical term for them).

Smiling Makes You Happy

Most people smile because they’re happy, but did you know that smiling can actually MAKE you happy? Smiling can actually help to relieve stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins. Endorphins will activate the opiate receptors in your brains and can help to turn a stressful situation into a much easier one. Studies have shown that people who smile in stressful situations have lower heart rates and generally report themselves to be calmer than those who are frowning or have neutral expressions. Next time you’re stressed out just take a step back and smile to yourself!

Smiling Makes You More Attractive Socially

It’s pretty well known that a smiling face is often viewed as more attractive and more approachable. Beyond that people generally view a smiling individual as personable, easy-going, and empathetic. People feel more comfortable around smiling faces and more likely to engage socially with people who are smiling. Smiling can help to calm the social anxiety that you or others may feel. As if all of that wasn’t enough, smiling actually makes you seem more trustworthy. Seeing a smiling face can set people at ease and lower people’s guard making them more likely to trust you.

Wrap Up

Smiling is important, but did you realize it was this important? Make sure you have a smile that you’re proud to show off. Visit us at Hospitaldentalgroup.com to find out how you can get your best smile fast. From cleanings to braces and whitening we’ll make sure you have a smile you can be proud and want to show off. Reach out to us today to set up an appointment and start living life a little bit happier!