Have you ever seen someone smile and instantly noticed yourself smiling as well? Sometimes seeing others beam with joy is enough to lift your mood and generate happiness. People use the phrase “smiling is contagious,” and it turns out that there’s scientific evidence behind that saying.
Our goal at Advanced Dental Group is to give you a healthy smile you can be proud of and want to show off to the world.
Boost Your Mood
Have you ever been in such a bad mood that nothing anyone said or did could make you feel better, and instead, they just made your mood worse? Next time you’re feeling down, try smiling. While this may be the last thing you feel like doing, smiling can trick your body into being happy by releasing a chemical in your body called dopamine. This naturally occurring substance is activated when your body performs the simple act of smiling.
By involving yourself in more situations that allow you to smile often, it’s possible to even help prevent and fight off depression.
Life is full of situations and events that can cause stress from time to time. The steps we take to deal with these situations can make a significant difference in how that stress affects our lives.
Stress is caused when your cortisol and adrenaline levels are increased. Using your facial muscles to smile reduces those neurochemicals and results in reduced stress levels. This is why smiling while you’re in the middle of difficult situations can make them more tolerable or even enjoyable.
Improve Your Health
You probably knew that smiling is directly correlated with happiness, but did you know that it can also make you healthier? Smiling is found to relax the body which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. This relaxed state can also relieve pain and tension by increasing your body’s tolerance for pain.
Being happier can also lead to a prolonged life. Studies show that people with more positive moods tend to live longer and have stronger immune systems. While depression can lead to a weakened immune system, the chemicals in your brain that increase happiness can strengthen your body’s ability to fight off diseases.
People naturally want to be happy and are attracted to others who spread joy and positivity. When you’re around someone who smiles, you’re bound to smile as well. A person is more likely to be approached while they’re smiling rather than when they’re frowning or exhibiting negative emotions.
When people are happy with their relationships, they tend to last longer and be more stable. This is because happier people tend to look at the positive side of problems that may occur.
Next time you’re meeting a new friend or trying to find a partner, try starting the conversation off with a smile.