Your smile is a more powerful tool than you give it credit for. If used frequently, it can bring happiness, comfort and strength to any of your relationships – as well as yourself. At a scientific level, it does even more than that, meaning it’s important to flash those chops at every opportunity.
So the next time you consider skipping the dentist, consider the ramifications of such an act. Keeping those whites pearly and gums healthy will help you on the road to smiling heaven, no matter your age, gender or race.
So, in an attempt to brighten your day, here are 6 scientific reasons you should be wielding the unparalleled power of a smile!
Smiling makes you look more attractive
Firstly, a quick test. Look at your wife, husband or partner. When do they look happier, prettier and healthier? Is it when they have a face that looks rather grumpy, or when they’re positively beaming?
The answer is the latter, and the same is true of you too. Your smile makes you look friendlier, more approachable and yes, more attractive. To other people, it’s a sign of confidence and happiness, and that’s something you need in everyday life. Even if you don’t feel particularly attractive inside, a smile can set you on the right path.
But if this is the case, ask yourself… why? Is it your teeth, gums, lips? Those not happy with their chops can look into crowns or dentures, and a dental clinic with Injex facilities can make any procedures pain free. Before you know it, you’ll have a smile that makes you feel attractive too! And there’s no greater asset than that.
Smiling decreases stress levels
Have you ever been having a rough day, YouTube searched some funny cat videos and had a good old giggle? No? I don’t believe you. You must have! Whether it’s cat videos, people falling over or something else entirely, the power of a laugh can’t be understated.
That laugh can improve the outlook of your day, and change it from dreary to delightful! Smiling through stressful events and days has been scientifically proven to help you cope with them. It might not sound like it can do much, but a simple smile can reduce stress hormones and stop your heart from pounding.
A smile can boost your immune system
Your body is a complex system of vessels, organs and cells. It’s hard to predict, hard to manage and hard to look after – at the best of times! Your immune system, the part of your body that protects you from diseases and illnesses, is one such thing that’s not under your control. Or is it?
According to scientific research, a simple smile can help your body release a lot more white blood cells than it usually does. These cells are critical to a healthy immune system, helping fight against dangerous infections.
White blood cells actively combat pathogens – the organisms that cause a variety of diseases. These cells are produced by stem cells in the bone marrow, called hematopoietic stem cells. When you smile, the body produces more of these cells than normal, which put up an additional line of defense if you’re feeling under the weather.
So the next time you have a cold? Smile. Feeling sick, or have a headache? You know what to do. There’s a reason that people recommend bed rest and time off work when an illness strikes. It’s because it’s pretty hard to smile at work!
Your productivity will be increased
If we combine all the other benefits of regular smiling to create one happy package, then this good mood can set you on the right track for a working day. If you’ve ever tried to stay productive when you’re down, sad or unhappy, you’ll know how hard it can be. That’s why it’s important to remain positive, especially when you have a lot of work on your plate.
Let’s look at this using an example. Employees at Google headquarters are allowed to ride around on colorful bikes, slide down slides and eat free food. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a workplace ripped right out of a fever dream. All these positive emotions in the workplace lead to smiley employees, which leads to productive employees.
You can try and implement some of that feel-good factor in your own workplace too. If you work from a home office, put up a mood board and decorate it with happy photos and memorabilia. If you work in an office building, choose a seat that provides the best view of the sunlight, or add a funny image to your desktop background.
In short, a simple smile can work wonders for coping with the (often) arduous nature of full-time work. Remember that the next time your boss is in a foul mood!
Smiles catch on
You’ve probably heard this saying before, but is it grounded in any sort of biological truth? Well, yes – yes it is. Whether it’s two strangers or two relatives, a smile can be passed on just as easily as the baton in a relay race.
According to studies of facial movements, smiling releases endorphins which help to relax you and others. And what does a relaxed person do? Smile. A lot.
You’ve probably experienced this in your daily life, without even realizing. When you get on the bus and smile at the driver, they’ll usually be smiling back. If you smile and make jokes with a particularly moody friend, eventually, you’ll break them down. It’s all to do with those chops!
And again, back to the workplace example, a smile can improve your relationships with coworkers. If you’re always moody and grumpy, are you likely to foster a strong chemistry with your peers? Probably not. A smile goes a long way folks!
You will look more approachable
Ever been to a job interview and been absolutely terrified of the grumpy-looking employer? Imagine how different things would be if he had a big, beaming grin. It would certainly have made you feel more at ease, and would’ve reflected positively on the interview as a result.
And, yet again, there’s solid scientific evidence to support this approachability theory. Numerous studies have shown that a strong smile can impact the customer/seller relationship in a good way. This means that if you work retail, for example, a smile will make people buy more things from you.
Of course, there’s more at play than that, but the principle stands. By possessing a bubbly exterior, you increase your likeability and make yourself look more appealing. This can work wonders if you frequently interact with customers in person, and could boost many a sales deal.
For some health benefits, we either have to spend a lot of money or wait quite a long time. Whether it’s pills or surgery, there aren’t that many beauty products that work instantaneously.
But now you know that there are. Smiles are free, easy and unlimited, and they can do a lot more good that you realize. You won’t be able to move mountains or cure blindness, but since when is it a bad thing to inject some positivity into the world?
So, the next time you’re having a rough day, or you notice someone else is down, flash them a smile. By keeping your teeth healthy, visiting the dentist and eating a healthy diet, you can keep this most potent of weapons in tip-top shape. It’s a powerful tool that I encourage you to use!
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