Did you know that we don’t just smile more because we’re happy, we’re often happy because we smile more? It’s the truth. All the muscles in our face share information with our brain, and when our brain registers that these muscles are making a smiling expression, it infers that we’re happy and releases endorphins, your brain’s home-made drug, to help you feel happy, too.
That’s why even fake smiles can improve your mood.
Make Others Happier
Have you noticed how contagious smiles are? Researchers propose that we smile when we see someone else smile because we’re trying to figure out what their expression means. If you smile at a crowd of people, it’s great to watch them all smile in return. And you can bet that they’re all getting a little boost of endorphins of their own, which makes them feel happier, too.
Be More Trusted
Studies have shown that people who smile are considered more trustworthy than people who aren’t smiling. How do you think all those used car salesmen are able to move their merchandise? Just remember to use this power for good and not for evil!
Look Younger, Thinner, & More Attractive
Researchers have found that smiling makes you look younger and thinner. In both cases, this may be because the act of smiling elevates the tissues of the face, counteracting sagging that is associated with age and weight gain. And in America, nothing makes you look more attractive than being young and thin.
Get More Done
Have you ever had a boss who thought he could threaten you into working harder? The truth is that he should’ve been trying to make you laugh, instead. Positive emotions like happiness tend to motivate people to work harder and get more done.
Now, if only there were an easy way to make yourself happier at any time of day and night. Oh, wait, there is–smiling!
Be Less Stressed
Remember the endorphins we mentioned as contributing to helping you feel happier? Well, they also have another function–they counter stress. And while you’re smiling, your body is also suppressing the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
So, it turns out that “grin and bear it,” isn’t just a useless homily, it’s good advice!
Get a Job
Smiling is an essential at any job interview. It’s important to making a positive impression on potential employers. But this is one place where you may not want to smile too much–smiling too much during an interview can reduce your odds of getting the job.
Get a Promotion
Already have a job? Want a better one? Smiling more can help you get a promotion. Not only will smiling help you be more productive and be less stressed, it can help you look happier in your work. That’s a combination that bosses tend to notice and remember when they’re thinking about who’s ready to be moved up to the next level.
Be a Better Boss
But what if you’re already the boss? Is it time to stop smiling and scowl at the peons? Not at all. Remember, happiness is what motivates best, so smiling at the people you’re supervising can help them feel better and work harder. That’s why leadership experts recommend smiling more.
Okay, so no-one can guarantee you’ll find love. But you’re more likely to be successful in romance if you smile more. That’s because both men and women rate a smile as the most important thing they’re looking for in a mate.
Why Aren’t You Smiling More?
With all these benefits, it’s hard to see why anyone would want to hide their smile. But if you feel uncomfortable about the appearance of your smile and tend to hide it, maybe cosmetic dentistry can help.
Please call (229) 242-5511 for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements in Valdosta.