What are the Benefits of a Smile?

Healthy Smile San Jose, CAIf you learned that you could reap many benefits and all it would take was to use a few facial muscles, wouldn’t you do so? Well that’s the case with a smile. You’re likely already aware of how good you feel when you smile. Here we will explain some of the reasons why you feel so good when you smile. 

Why Smile!

Reduce Stress

So we all recognize that smiling is good for you. There is even an old saying, that we should ‘grin and bear it’ when faced with stressful situations. Psychologists tested this statement and studied the effects that smiling has on stressful situations. They found that a genuine smile, involving the muscles around your eyes and mouth, can actually reduce stress in certain situations. So when you are faced with a stressful situation remember to hold a smile for a brief moment. Doing this during or after the situation has passed will help reduce the effects of stress on both your body and your mind. 

Make Connections

When we smile, positive changes occur both on the inside and on the outside. We recognize that people who smile appear to be more friendly, approachable and trustworthy. In contrast it can be difficult to approach someone who is not smiling. We might imagine that they don’t want to be spoken to. The same could be said of us in either situation. So why not choose to smile. You may be surprised to see how others respond. Smiling is very contagious and many are likely to smile back. In this way you’ll be reaching out to others and making connections with others. When we feel connected to others, we feel less isolated and that too can make us feel happier. Helping others to smile will help them feel happier too and they just might pass on that smile to even more. In this way you’ll be doing your part in bringing greater happiness in your community.

Be More Positive

Some studies have shown that smiling helps train the brain to be more positive. One behavioral therapist explained that this due to the effect of a smile on the chemicals in our brain. Dopamine, endorphins and serotonin levels all start to increase as we smile. These chemicals are the ones responsible for helping us feel in a good mood. If we can get in the habit of smiling every day then we can start influencing our brain to produce these chemicals in greater quantities, improving our overall mood. 

It’s clear that a smile can have a positive influence on our lives. But not everyone feels the same way about a smile. Some due to tooth loss would prefer not to smile. Instead of bringing happiness, the idea of a smile brings shame or fear. If that’s true in your case, don’t let the missing teeth rob you of the benefits mentioned in this article. The surgeons at San Jose Oral Surgery, located in San Jose, CA, can help restore a natural smile to your face. One of the services they offer to their patients are dental implants. They look and feel like real teeth providing an excellent solution to replace any missing teeth. Book now with the surgeons to see if dental implants are right for you.

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