How Smiling More Often Benefits Your Emotional Wellbeing
We all smile — at a joke, someone we love, or sometimes just because. But did you know that smiling has more of an impact on your emotional well-being that you may have thought? Science has proven that smiling has a positive effect on you and those around you, both physically and mentally. Aside from showing affection or a pleasant feeling, a smile represents your health. Because of this, caring for your teeth is also very important.
Why Do We Smile?
The answer to this question seems very simple, right? We smile because we are happy. While that is true, scientifically, we smile as a response to our brains communicating to us that we have experienced something that has triggered a positive emotion and, thus, a smile shows on our face. When we smile, serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine are molecules that are released throughout your body, causing your body to physically respond. Once released, these molecules increase happiness, ease pain, lower blood pressure, increase happiness, and relax your body.
Smiling Around Other People
As we’ve seen, smiling is beneficial for our physical and mental well-being, but did you know that your smiling can have the same impact on other people? Studies have shown that when you smile at other people, it subconsciously encourages them to smile, making them experience the same release of molecules as explained. On a more basic level, smiling at other people would likely influence how they interact with you and it can brighten someone’s day.
Caring for Your Smile
We now know how smiling impacts us and those around us, but what are some things that are important when caring for your teeth? To some, it may seem shallow to care about how one’s smile looks, but this is one of the first things the world sees when we are encountered, and it’s important to want to make great first impressions. A well-cared for smile also, in turn, makes you feel good about yourself. It’s important for our health, and for our smile’s appearance, to practice thorough dental hygiene. Also, the amount of stain-causing beverages and tobacco that is consumed should be limited or eliminated. Lastly, you should always have regular dental check-ups to ensure that your smile is healthy, because even though dentures and dental implants can replace teeth later in life, it's best to care for your teeth and smile throughout your life.
As smiling is beneficial for us and those around us, we should all make an effort to smile more often. Because it is something so easy to do, yet has such a profound impact, it wouldn’t be hard to achieve.