1. Smiling Releases Endorphins That Make You Feel Better
Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemical signals from your brain) that make you feel happier and relaxed. These chemicals can improve your mood, reduce your stress level, and they can even act as painkillers.
Endorphins are the same chemicals that are released when you go for a run or exercise—but smiling is a quick easy way to boost your mood. This can work even when you fake a smile, so the old saying ‘grin and bear it’ may be good advice.
2. Smiling Can Help You Stay Healthy
When you smile and endorphins are released, the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced. This means that smiling can help you de-stress, which is essential to staying healthy. Smiling can also lower your heart rate and strengthen immune system.
3. Smiling Can Improve Your Performance At Work
Smiling doesn’t just make you feel better—it also has the potential to improve your work life. People who smile are often more productive. They are also perceived as more confident and approachable which makes a big difference when handling tough situations at work. Being approachable and positive can also make it easier to get raises and promotions.
4. Smiling Can Improve Your Relationships
Smiling also encourages others to smile, makes you appear more attractive, encourages empathy in others, and makes it easier for other people to trust you. All these effects have the potential to do wonders for your relationships, whether they are romantic, platonic, or familial. Something as simple as a smile can go a long way when you’re interacting with another person.
So now you know you should be showing off your smile as often as possible—but that can be hard to do if you’re self conscious about the appearance of your teeth.
If something is keeping you from showing off your smile, talk to your dentist about possible solutions. For example, at the office of Devin J. Okay DDS PC, they specialize in veneers, inlays, and other restorative dental procedures that can make your smile look and feel fantastic. Don’t be afraid to reap the benefits of smiling. Schedule an appointment with your dentist and get your smile ready to display to the world.