There are so many good reasons to smile — it tells people that you’re friendly and open to new experiences. Best of all, it can actually improve your health.
There’s a considerable amount of scientific evidence that demonstrates how smiling more often will improve your mood and physical wellbeing. So go ahead and smile. It’s fun and easy and it doesn’t cost you anything.
When you smile, it causes a number of chemical reactions in your brain. For example, smiling triggers your brain to release hormones called endorphins.
Often referred to as “nature’s natural painkiller,” endorphins are designed to help your body deal with pain and stress. When your brain releases endorphins, they reduce stress and enhance your mood.
Scientists at the University of Kansas came up with a clever experiment to test the health benefits of smiling. They had research subjects perform a difficult task while physically forcing themselves to smile using chopsticks. Afterward, researchers discovered that subjects who completed the task while smiling had lower heart rates than the ones who didn’t.
Smiling is an easy way to tell people that you’re nice and neighborly. If you smile more often, it will influence the people around you to feel friendlier and more at ease.
A survey conducted by researchers at Penn State University found that service industry employees who smile more often are rated by customers as both friendlier and more effective than employees who smile less often.
Smiling really is contagious. If you smile at the people you meet, half of them will automatically smile back at you. This creates a chain reaction, spreading happiness and goodwill.
Smiling even makes you more attractive to others. Research shows how “both men and women increased their attractiveness” simply by smiling. It will also make you look up to three years younger on average.
At St. Louis County Dental, we have extensive experience in implant and cosmetic dentistry. We help patients achieve the smile of their dreams every day.
Call 314-762-6784 today and ask about our $1 consultation and new patient special. We can’t wait to make you feel better about your smile.
Dr. Barry Brace
469 S Kirkwood Rd
St. Louis, MO
Monday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
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