If you haven’t already done so, take a moment right now before continuing with this post to stop and smile.
Did you do it? How did you feel?
Smiling has been proven to trigger a feedback loop in our brains reducing stress and making us feel positive emotions. Below are just a few reasons you should smile more.
1. Smiling releases endorphins.
When the muscles in your face contract, forming a smile, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins which make you feel happy and reduce the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) making you feel more relaxed. Endorphines are a wonder chemical and act as the bodies natural pain killer meaning that smiling can, in fact, be a natural way for sufferers of chronic pain to manage their conditions. Whether you fake a smile or smile genuinely your brain won’t be able to tell the difference and will release endorphins in the same way. So whether you’re feeling it or not crack a smile.
2. Smiling is attractive.
As well as making you feel good and reducing your stress levels smiling is also an attractive facial expression which is more likely to serve you well in life. People who smile more are often seen as more confident and approachable making them more attractive to prospective employees, partners and friends.
They say there’s no better cure than smiling and laughter. It’s not just a saying, though, there’s some actual science to back it up. Smiling tells your brain that there’s something worth smiling about, even when you do it on purpose. This means you can cause a small release of stress-relieving hormones just by flashing those pearly whites.
Smiles are considered a universal sign of trustworthiness. As long as you show some genuine happiness when you smile, people are more likely to see you as a trustworthy person.
This can come in handy in a lot of professional and social situations. If you want to make connections, smiling is a good start.
But, what if you don’t like your smile?
Despite the positive impacts that smiling can have on both our mental and physical wellbeing, adults tend to smile far less than children and one of the main reasons for this is cosmetic, they don’t like their smiles! Here are some ways you can fix that.
1. Correct your teeth with braces.
Although you don’t need to show your teeth to give an effective smile, one of the most common reasons why people don’t like to smile is because they don’t like their teeth. Thankfully there are a number of dental corrective treatments out there to give you a smile you are proud of, like Invisalign. Invisalign is an invisible brace that will straighten your teeth. But how much does Invisalign cost you may wonder. Well, not as much as it used to, that’s for sure, and if it still seems like too much of an expense then there’s always the conventional braces which you may dislike for a while but will leave you with more confidence in the long run.
2. Practice in the mirror.
Another reason why people tend to avoid smiling is that they don’t like the look of their smile. The most beautiful smile is your natural smile but if you still don’t like the way you smile then practice it in the mirror. Practice makes perfect . So, keep smiling and change the way you do it until you find one you like. Once you’re confident practicing in the mirror you can start to practice your smile out and about.
Again, the reasons mentioned above are just a few reasons to make a conscious effort to smile a bit more everyday. Keep in mind, though, that not only will it benefit you — it will benefit everyone around you. Smile more!