June 15th is Smile Power Day! It seems to be a pretty easy holiday to celebrate as well- simply smile! And while it is likely you don’t need a holiday to remind you to smile, we wanted to offer up a few more reasons to smile more every day because believe it or not, smiling is good for you!
Here Is Why Smiling is Good for You
Genuine smiles are shown to help you reduce stress. In fact, we think this might be why “happy hour” started- after a stressful day of work, employees headed into a fun social gathering to laugh and let the stress of the day dissolve away. And, smiling is cheaper than a beer!
Take advantage of the stress relief benefits of smiling by smiling both during and after stressful activities to help lessen the effects of stress on your body. Evidence shows it can help both the body and mind recover more quickly. Source: Smile! It’s Good For Your Heart
By smiling, internal and external positive changes start happening right away. For example, smiling makes you appear more friendly, trustworthy and approachable. By smiling, you become more inviting than when you are not. This simple tweak allows connections with others, leaving you feeling less isolated or alone, which is important in feeling better.
Smiling is good for you and for others in part because it is free and contagious. Have you noticed how hard it is to not smile back at a genuine smile? And, in smiling, you might just make some one’s day better.
Be More Positive
Some research has shown that when we smile, we train our brains into positive thinking. Smiling on a daily basis, helps create a positive mood and begins to create a habit in your brain to default towards feeling of happiness. (Learn more about this concept in The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor).
There truly is power in a smile! But we know for some people, the opposite is true. For some, smiling can be a big stress because they aren’t happy with the way their smile looks. We understand this at PERFECT TEETH and are dedicated to helping more people achieve and keep a healthy smile they love to show off. Whether that means teeth whitening, braces, replacing teeth or simply getting back on track, we can help! Find a dentist in your area online to make an appointment today! Until then, we hope you SMILE, because smiling is good for you!