Smiling is an assertive and courageous way to make a first impression, but did you know that smiling, among other things, can lower your blood pressure? Studies show that smiling is right for your health and for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
Smiling & Your Happiness
As human beings, we use facial expressions to exhibit emotion. Everybody knows that people smile when he or she’s happy. However, scientists have started to discover how the physical act of smiling will improve your mood.
When the muscles in your face are stimulated and curl to expose your teeth, your brain also releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins, like morphine and codeine, communicate with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce how we perceive pain.
Smiling & Your Health
It’s natural for endorphins to be released if your body senses signs of stress or physical trauma. However, you can achieve the same result by simply forcing yourself to smile, even if you don’t feel like it.
One study asked participants to complete challenging tasks while either smiling or not. They found that the smiling group had lower heart rates and stress levels than the non-smile group. Another group was asked to hold chopsticks in their mouth’s to simulate the shape of a smile. Even the chopstick group noticed a positive effect.
There are also long-term effects of smiling. For example, you can boost your immune system by smiling because it reduces tension and stress. There’s evidence that lowering stress will soften your individual cells which can help defend you against disease.
Smiling & Socializing
Everybody’s heard that smiling is contagious, but a paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences confirms it. When we smile at people or perceive another type of facial expression, they’ll often mimic it.
Smiling sends signals of friendliness and comfort. This improves relationships, especially when you’re making a first impression. If you smile regularly, people may also find you more attractive.
Studies have shown that the brain interprets people that are smiling to be more attractive than those with a neutral expression. The next time you’re socializing try smiling and see how people react.
Smile More with Dental Implants
The act of smiling improves relationships, improves mental health, and increases your lifespan. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you could be sacrificing the benefits that a full smile offers. At Eggleston Dental Care, our highly-trained staff is here to help. Contact our office at 209-226-4963 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eggleston today. He is a qualified implant dentist and will make sure you get the treatment that you deserve.