Smiling Is Good For Your Health

Have you ever considered how much you smile and what keeps you from proudly flaunting those pearly whites more often? We are in the practice of helping patients have their best smiles, and we want to do that for you, because smiling might be one of the very best, most effective things you can do to improve your health. Smiling has countless benefits for your mind, your body, and your overall well-being.

Smiling affects your brain.

  • Stress relief

    Every time you smile, neuropeptides (feel-good transmitters that fight off stress) in your brain are released, relaxing your body and lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. Make smiling be your go-to relaxation technique.

  • Pain relief

    Endorphins (more feel-good transmitters) are released from your brain to act as a natural pain reliever.

  • Anti-depressant

    Serotonin (even more feel-good transmitters) naturally lifts your mood without the side effects of prescription anti-depressants. So when you’re feeling down, try smiling instead of popping pills, and see if that improves your mood.

  • Heart health

    Smiling often leads to laughter, and when it does, your heart rate speeds up, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. So when you laugh, you’re also reducing your risk of heart disease!

  • Immune system booster

    Studies show that laughter (which, again, almost always begins with a smile) releases molecules in your brain that fight illness while, conversely, negative thoughts can bring down your body’s immunity. So turn the frown upside down, and it might just literally make you feel better!

Smiling affects your body.

  • Physical appeal

    A smiling person is generally perceived as someone who is relaxed and happy, confident and sincere, and therefore, more attractive than one who is not.

  • Longevity

    A 2010 study, using photographs of facial expressions to measure level of emotion, found a link between smile intensity and long lives. The bigger your smile, the longer your life!

Smiling affects your social life.

  • Kindness

    If smiling is contagious, your smile will bring a smile to someone else, altering his or her outlook. Do your friends a favor, and use your smile to cheer them up!

  • Relationships

    People are drawn to those who smile because they are seen as likeable and positive. And being likeable makes it simpler to develop and maintain friendships. Smile more and watch how your social circle expands!

So what are you doing to improve your smile? How are you striving to make it an object of confidence that you can share with everyone? There’s no doubt about it. Wearing a smile that you love is a worthwhile investment. It might just save your life!

Do not delay – smile away! Call us for a smile consultation today! Herald Square Dental Phone Number (212) 689-0024