What are the benefits of smiling

African American woman with a healthy smile, with text - Stanislaus, CAOne of the most captivating images that we may see is the expression of the human smile. However, it’s not just appealing to the sight, there are also many health benefits of smiling that will increase our well being. And all that is needed to enjoy these benefits is to change our facial expressions. So let’s discover some tips on how our health can benefit from smiling.

Why Smile?

Lower Stress

We may have heard the expression to ‘grin and bear it’ when faced with difficult situations. Surprisingly there could actually be some truth in the old saying. A psychological study looked into the benefits of smiling to see if it really did help with reducing stress. What they noticed was that a genuine smile, that engages the muscles around the eyes and mouth, actually helps reduce stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rate. Smiling and laughter have also been found to help your body produce natural painkillers, help with muscle relaxation, and improve mood.

So test it out yourself. When you are under stress, perhaps while driving or at work, try holding a smile for just a few seconds. You will likely notice the difference in your mood. And as stress is bad for the heart and our immune system, smiling may contribute to many other health benefits too, including a help against heart disease.

Make Connections

People who smile often seem more appealing and likable. Their smile will likely make you smile. Those who have a more serious expression could have the opposite effect. Which person do you want to be? Smiling can help you to make connections with more people throughout your day. These little connections can help you to feel more joyful and less isolated in life. You may also be more satisfied knowing that we have helped others to smile through their day too.

Increase Positivity

Smiling can also bring positive changes in the brain. This is due to the chemical reactions that occur. When you smile the natural release of chemicals such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonins all increase. So more smiling equals more chemicals released and this leads to greater happiness in your life.

It’s clear that there are numerous reasons to smile. You can improve your mood smiling, you can increase your feel-good factor and it can improve your health, helping your mind, body, and brain. But not everyone likes to smile. People with missing teeth may prefer not to smile. Smiling may bring feelings of shame or fear rather than the benefits mentioned earlier.

Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from enjoying the benefits mentioned in this article. The surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery, located in Modesto, CA, can help restore a natural smile to your face. One of the services they offer to their patients is dental implants. They look and feel like real teeth making them an excellent solution to replace any missing teeth. Contact us to book an appointment with the surgeons to see if dental implants are right for you.

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