Healthy Reasons To Smile More

A genuine smile can lift your beauty, make people trust you, and help you to build confidence. It can help you in a job interview, help other people when they are feeling down, and help lift a room full of people in a social situation.

In short, there are all kinds of reasons to smile more. Of course, some of us don't. It might be that we don't like our smile, perhaps because of missing or crooked teeth, or because there are days when just don't have anything to smile about. However, we should make the effort. A dentist can help with dental implants and other procedures that can correct our teeth, so we shouldn't close our mouths in fear of embarrassment forever. And even on our sad days, we should make an effort to share a smile. You see, there are health benefits to smiling, and these are just a few of them.

#1: Smiling can improve your mood
Not every day is a happy one, but according to the research discussed here, smiling can trick your brain into feelings of happiness. When you start to smile, you spur a chemical reaction in your brain that releases those feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin. So, even though your mood might be a crappy one, it actually is possible to turn things around simply by forcing a smile on your face. In short, fake it till you mean it! Try it the next time you're having a bad day.

#2: Smiling can provide stress relief

Life is stressful; you don't need us to tell you that. However, it is possible to reduce your stress by smiling more often. According to researchers, a smile can lower your heart rate and your blood pressure, reversing two of those factors that are related to feelings of stress. So, not only are you improving your mental state when you smile (as discussed in our last point), but there are also physiological benefits too. So, the next time you're involved in a stressful activity - driving through rush hour traffic, for example - try to smile, and lower those pent up feelings that could put your health at risk.

#3: Smiling can reduce feelings of pain

According to research conducted by pain specialists, smiling can act as a natural painkiller. This is partly because the acts of smiling and laughing can relax your muscles, so some of the pain you feel can be reduced. Research also suggests smiling can increase your pain threshold, so you are able to tolerate it more. Of course, having the opportunity to laugh and smile can also distract you from your pain, so that is another reason why its important to find ways to lighten your mood, despite the way you are feeling. So, if you suffer from chronic pain now or in the future, watch a comedy movie or show, and check out the effects of smiling and laughter for yourself. And, of course, take this natural painkiller with those prescribed by your doctor!

The act of smiling is beneficial to you in all kinds of ways, not least when it comes to your health and wellbeing. So, if you're feeling blue today, or if you are feeling stressed and unwell, crack a smile, and see what it can do for you.

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