We’ve all heard that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, so go ahead, smile! This month, May 18 through June 18, is National Smile Month and we want to talk about a few reasons you should flip that frown upside down.
Smiling changes the way people react to you. Research has shown that we subconsciously react to the facial expressions of people around us, whether they are smiling or frowning. We naturally mirror the emotions of the people we see without making the conscious choice to do so. This means that when you smile at someone, they can’t help but be a little happier and like you a little more.
Smiling helps you destress. No matter how chaotic or unnerving your day has been, making yourself smile is a quick way to signal your brain that it’s time to let go of stress. This is part of why people find it hard to keep crying when they force a smile. It doesn’t really matter if the smile is genuine, it’s all about that signals you are sending your brain. So go ahead, fake it ‘til you make it!
Smiling literally makes you healthier. Studies based out of Harvard University have shown that intentionally smiling and choosing a more optimistic outlook (something that is easier to do with a smile on your face) can have far reaching effects on our health, reducing chances of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections. The boost our immune system gets when we smile can also help eliminate the little things, like headaches and colds.
Smiling improves your attitude. It helps make mundane tasks more bearable and silly moments funnier. So whether you’re looking to “supercharge [y]our mood” each morning like success coach Jaime Pfeffer or just need a pick me up to get you through a long day at the office, trying smiling for 15 to 30 seconds and watch the sunshine come pouring through.
Smiling makes things hurt less. Studies have shown that intentionally limiting negative facial expressions, and especially replacing them with a smile, helps people to minimize the amount of physical pain that they are feeling. Some studies have even used Botox to prevent patients from frowning and all the results confirm that smiling though the pain really does make it better.
With something as powerful as your smile, it’s important to take good care of it. Call Apple Valley Dental Group offices today and schedule an appointment for you smile analysis and let us help you make sure everything is in tip top shape. Here at Apple Valley Dental Group, our experienced and reliable staff love giving our patients something to smile about!