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How Smiling Affects Your Happiness

How Smiling Affects Your Happiness
Posted on 12/05/2018

The team at Dr. Tom B. Styles, DDS is dedicated to improving the health and appearance of your teeth and smile. Through our dental treatments, we are able to create beautiful smiles and patient confidence. We know the value of consistent dental hygiene and treatment, but do you?

If not, we’re here to provide the facts about smiling and why wearing a smile will push you toward a life of positivity and happiness. Find out how you can live a happier life in the blog post below.

It Comes Down to a Science

Why do you smile at a wedding and feel happy? Say thanks to endorphins. These hormones are a natural and free, medication to feeling calmer and happier. All you have to do to have them is flash a smile.

Whenever you’ve experienced a moment of happiness where you smiled, you may have noticed the extended or brief period of relaxation and pause flow through your body. Feel-good moments like these happen when you grin, signaling to the brain to release hormones. Hormones like dopamine and serotonin are messengers in the body that not only help you remain calm but also lower your blood pressure and heart rate.

A Smile a Day Invites New Friends

The saying, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression,” presents a great reason to try smiling more often. Find out why a smile could make you a new friend below.

If you’ve ever seen a smiley person you may get the impression that this person gives off positive energy and may seem more attractive, reliable, calm and sincere. You feel this way because a smiling face activates the orbitofrontal cortex part of your brain responsible for processing sensory rewards.

This idea demonstrates the fact that the positive energy you feel when smiled at is actually a feeling of being rewarded!

Seize the Opportunity to Smile

If you would like to take advantage of opportunities to smile, try these tips below:

  1. Your brain does not know the difference between a real and fake smile. Continue to force a smile when you’re feeling sad, and the action will come naturally.
  2. Raise a laugh by watching a funny tv show. An hour or two of laughter and smiles can work wonders on the heart and mind.
  3. If smiling is contagious, then be sure to accompany yourself with people who are positive and smiling.

Remember, fortune smiles upon those who are willing to take a risk and try something new. If you’re insecure about your smile or don’t feel confident enough to smile, pay us a visit at our dental office in San Antonio, TX and we will help you find happiness in your smile!

Contact Dr. Tom B. Styles, DDS for a Healthy Smile Today!

If you’re interested in improving your smile or achieving smile confidence, contact us at (210) 344-0101 and ask about our dental treatment options. Our team at Dr. Tom B. Styles, DDS is ready to assist you and work with your financial needs to find an ideal treatment plan. Contact our office by calling or make an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you break into a smile that you’ll want to show off!