A great smile not only makes you and those around you feel better, it also brings many other benefits that may surprise you. You may think of smiling as an involuntary response when you see something that makes you feel happy or that you find funny but there is far more to smiling than that. Read on to learn why you should smile more:
- Smiling relieves stress
When you smile, your body releases endorphins, the same hormones that boost your mood after running. Even if you have to force a smile, the physical act of smiling will lower your stress and anxiety levels. Smiling also helps us to stay positive: it is difficult to think of something negative when you are smiling.
- Smiling boosts the immune system
Your body is relaxed when you smile, and this contributes to a stronger immune system. Studies have shown that children in hospital who were visited by storytellers who could make them smile and laugh recovered more quickly than children who were not visited.
- Smiling lowers your blood pressure
If you have a blood pressure monitor, you can test this at home. Sit quietly for a few minutes, then measure your blood pressure. Wait a few minutes longer, then smile for one minute and take another reading while still smiling. Many people find that the second reading is lower.
- Smiling makes you look younger
It’s true, smiling is a simple way to look younger and more attractive. Researchers found that men were more attracted to photos of women who were smiling than of women who were wearing make-up.
- Smiling can make you more successful
People who smile often at work are perceived as being more confident, trustworthy and having good leadership skills.
- Everyone understands a smile
Wherever you may travel, smiling is recognised in every culture as a sign of acceptance and happiness.
Don’t let the look of your teeth prevent you from smiling as much as you’d like. There are several options available for improving the cosmetics of your smile, from whitening and veneers, dental implants, smile make-over and full mouth rehabilitations. To learn more about how Dr. Hansford can help you smile more with cosmetic dentistry, call 250.374.2615 to book your appointment today.