The Psychological Value of Smiling

Posted By on Aug 30, 2015 |

There are so many benefits to being able to smile. The simple act of forcing yourself to smile can actually put you in a better mood by releasing endorphins, which have been shown to cause a reduction in stress and anxiety and an improvement in mood.Smile-14
Smiling and its effect on stress goes further than simply the chemical component. In a study where participants were placed in a stressful situation, those who smiled throughout had far lower blood pressure than those who maintained a neutral expression.
Smiling regularly will also help make you more attractive and approachable, as it suggests you are and easy-going and empathetic person. A study from the European Journal of Social Psychology found that smiling actually increased your attractiveness in the eyes of the person you’re smiling at, so if you have your eye on someone be sure to throw them a smile now and then!
You’ll also be more approachable and likely to make more friends, as a smiling person is generally viewed as friendlier and more open to being approached.
Overall this adds up to a huge boost in confidence and self-esteem, which will transfer into various areas of your life. You’ll deal better with stressful situations at home and at work, you’re more likely to be promoted and earn more money with your business, and the chances are you’ll take better care of your health as you’ll really care about yourself.
Improving Your Smile
There are various ways to improve your teeth to make you more comfortable when you smile. The first and most obvious step is proper oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. You should brush at least twice a day (ideally after every meal) and floss your teeth before bed every night.teeth brushing
If you’re looking for whiter teeth, treatments like teeth whitening can make a huge difference. Avoid drinking too much coffee and red wine, and avoid tobacco – they all stain your teeth and can be extremely difficult to remove.
If you have issues with teeth alignment or if you’ve lost any teeth, visiting a skilled cosmetic dentist can help you get the kind of smile you want. They can offer a range of orthodontic treatments to help straighten your teeth, while treatments like dental implants can be used to replace teeth that are missing.
Everyone will be different, but having the confidence and courage to smile regularly can make a massive difference to your state of mind. Try smiling a little more often – you’ll love it!