The Benefits of Smiling

Regardless of what language we speak, smiles are a universal sign of happiness and reliability in regards to non-verbal interaction.

One might nearly say that receiving a real, heartfelt smile from a person is more beneficial than getting money, a research study carried out in 2005 claims. “The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a ‘halo’ effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated,” psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who examined these findings, reported.

Also, smiling has the power to reduce stress through releasing endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. A real smile also attributes to friendliness, confidence and sincerity. Because of this, employers are most likely to hire those who show bright, honest smiles throughout the interview procedure than those whose smiles don’t feel sincere.

How do we know if a smile is truthful or not? Most of us will pick up on this distinction when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it typically fails to reach their eyes and there tends to be a lot of tension in the muscles around the mouth. A sincere smile is referred to as a Duchenne smile. This type of smile is when the mouth’s corners lift, pressing our cheeks upwards and forming crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes.

This is all interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Something as simple as a smile can create a positive impact on each of our lives. For some people, however, smiles aren’t as easy to come by. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or other issues, may be more hesitant when it comes to their natural smiles. As a result, these people are at risk of being perceived as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent regardless of how they really are.

We want you to feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!

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