Did you know that there are many health benefits to smiling? A smile can do more for you than simply express emotion. Smiles are powerful. Smiling more often, regardless of your mood, can improve your health and even help you live longer. So what are some of the benefits of smiling?
First, smiling helps build up your immune system. A smile can protect your body from dangerous bacteria and germs. Not only that, but it actually makes our bodies produce more white blood cells, which means a stronger immune system which will protect you from getting sick.
Secondly, smiling can help lower your blood pressure. Having a healthy heart will allow you to live longer. Studies show that laughter can lead to an immediate increase in heart rate and oxygen consumption. After you laugh your muscles relax, your heart rate decreases and your blood pressure is lowered. Just think, laughing, and smiling can help decrease your chances of heart disease.
Third, smiling and laughing can decrease your stress levels. There have been studies that show that when people have to face stressful situations, if they smile, their heart rate is lower than those who face the situation without a smile. Remember if you are in a stressful situation, try to smile.
Fourth, smiling can decrease stress. People who experience stress and anxiety know how unpleasant that feeling is. It is caused by cortisol which the body produces more of when under stress. When you are smiling or happy, your body produces endorphins (your body’s natural, feel-good chemical) which lowers the amount of cortisol. So when you are stressed or have anxiety, try to smile or laugh.
Fifth, a smile can help reduce pain. Because your body produces endorphins (as mentioned above) laughter actually is the best medicine, as it allows the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Sixth, smiling makes you feel happy and have better relationships! These powerful endorphins make you happy and smile. When you smile, you are found to be more likable. This means you have a better chance of building and maintaining relationships with other people. So if you are lonely or looking to meet new people, remember to put on a smile.
The smile is a powerful weapon. Just like the saying, “Beauty is Power, A Smile Its Sword.” Smiling is contagious. It is important to spread happiness with your smile. If you are looking to improve your smile or get that Hollywood smile, reach out, and schedule your appointment today. At AquaSprings Dental, we never want our patients to feel embarrassed to smile or hide their smiles. Click now to see what cosmetic dentistry options might be best for you.