We’re all smiles over here! Whether it is a polite response to a greeting or a pose in the eyes of a camera lense, many people perceive smiling as a response to feeling a positive emotion. That might not be the case. In fact, the actual act of smiling triggers feelings of happiness in your mind. That grin is the instigator of your joy and has been your entire existence. 3D ultrasound technology has shown that developing babies are smiling while in the womb. Smiling can improve your quality of life, marriage, success in work and life expectancy.
We need all the help we can get when it comes to relieving stress and this happy expression can do just that. When an individual smiles the body releases endorphins which is a chemical response that triggers a positive feeling in the body, similar to morphine. We can release endorphins through exercise, laughter, sex and even eating chocolate. But that’s not the best part, research has found that smiling one time, just one smile, can stimulate your brain on the same level as eating 2,000 bars of chocolate. So next time, instead of reaching for that pleasure inducing chocolate, find a reason to smile. Save time, money and calories.
Smiling also improves relationships and builds connections with other people. Why is it that when you see someone smiling you cannot help but smile back? Research has shown that smiling is a natural evolutionary response that causes you to actually lose your normal control over your facial muscles. It’s biological to smile. By smiling at people you are not only improving your own health but improving the health of those around you. It’s a win win situation for everyone.
There are many health reasons to smile, so why is it as a society we have stopped smiling? Adults only smile 40 to 50 times a day, whereas on average children smile 400 times a day. Is it as simple as more responsibilities more problems? Besides increased stress, feeling self-conscious about our teeth or our mouths can stop us from smiling. People who struggle with dental care and teeth maintenance are less likely to smile. Other than good personal hygiene, add happiness to the list of reasons why it is important to brush your teeth, have check-ups and stay on top of your oral health. Smiling is an easy way to bring contagious positive energy in your life, so start showing them pearly white.