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5 Great Reasons to Smile More

Friends laughing together at an event

Smiling is a natural and positive part of life. However, many people are ashamed of their teeth due to imperfections and hold back. If you have trouble smiling, you may be missing out on all the positive impacts that come from it. 

1. Boosts Mood

We often define smiling as a reaction to feeling happy, but the opposite is also true. Research has shown that smiling more can improve your overall mood. When you smile, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine are released into the brain. These chemicals promote feelings of well-being, also helping you cope with pain and stress.

2. Improves Health

Though the power of smiling cannot heal all medical issues on its own, smile and laughter focused exercises have been found to work well alongside professional medical treatment. The benefits of therapeutic laughter have been reported from a wide variety of medical practices.

Laughter reduces the likelihood of developing health complications but also helps if a condition is already present. The positive effects of smiling apply to both mental and physical health, including lowering blood pressure and relieving anxiety.

3. Relieves Stress

The last thing many people want to do when they feel stressed is smile. But smiling can help release the built-up tension by relaxing your muscles. Smiling also reduces your body’s cortisol levels, which are related to stress hormones. Having some cortisol in your system is healthy, but too much can cause health issues

It may feel like an emotional mismatch, but using positivity when you’re overwhelmed can help you deal with the pressure.

4. Strengthens Relationships

Smiling is contagious. When we see other people smiling, we’re more likely to smile too. If you smile more, you can spread positivity to people around you. 

Research has found that smiling makes people appear more welcoming and likable. People who keep positivity as part of their life tend to have more stable marriages and better communication skills. When people smile together, the bond between them grows stronger.

5. Prolongs Life

All these benefits of smiling culminate in a longer, healthier life. Over the course of time, people who adopt an optimistic view of life and smile more tend to live longer than their peers who are more pessimistic. If you add smiling and laughing into your daily routine, you’ll find yourself feeling rejuvenated.

Be Proud of Your Smile

There are no negative health consequences of smiling and plenty of benefits. So why not? Go ahead and spread the positivity.

Your smile can do so many things for you, so you should do all you can for it. Taking care of your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams can keep your smile healthy. If you believe improvements to your smile would make you feel more confident, Balboa Island Dentistry offers dental implants to fill any gaps as well as teeth whitening and veneers to give you bright, fresh-looking teeth.

We want you to get all the satisfaction you can from your teeth. Let us know how we can help you to smile more.

Dr. Alfano

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