What are the benefits of smiling

African American woman with a healthy smile, with text - Vallejo, CAA smile is one of the most appealing expressions of the human face as it usually represents joy and happiness. However, there are many health benefits of smiling that will increase our well being. For us to take advantage of these benefits all we need to do is change our facial expressions. So let’s discover some tips on how our health can benefit from smiling.

Why Smile?

Reduce Stress

When dealing with a stressful situation some may try to motivate themselves by saying that they will ‘grin and bear it’. You may be surprised to know that there is actually some truth in the old saying. The statement was tested in a psychological study to see if smiling really did help with stress relief. What they observed was that when we give a genuine smile, a smile that engages the muscles around the eyes and mouth, then our own stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rate will reduce. Smiling and laughter have also been discovered to help muscle relaxation and improve our mood. So why not give it a try? Next time you are facing a stressful situation, be it in traffic, or at the office, hold a smile for just a few seconds. You may be surprised to see just how effective it is. And as stress affects the heart and our immune system, smiling may have many other health benefits too, including help against heart disease.

Make Connections

People who smile seem more friendly and are more approachable. You may even trust them more and they may make you smile. The opposite could even be said about those who don’t. When a person has a more serious expression, we may feel that they don’t want to be approached and we may avoid them. So which message would we like to pass on to others? Smiling at others will likely cause them to smile back and each time this occurs we are making little connections with other people. These connections can help us avoid feeling isolated and bring us greater happiness in life. Knowing that we’ve made others a little happier too can bring greater satisfaction.

Increase Positivity

It’s been noted that the act of smiling can bring positive changes in the brain. This is due to the chemical reaction that it can bring. Chemicals that make us feel happier such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonins all increase when we smile. The more we smile the more chemicals are released and the happier our lives will be.

It’s clear that there are many good reasons to smile. You can improve your mood by smiling, you can feel good and it’s beneficial for your health, helping your mind, body, and brain. But not everyone feels the same way about a smile. Due to tooth loss, some people would prefer not to smile. Instead of bringing happiness, the idea of a smile brings shame or fear.

If that’s true in your case, don’t let missing teeth rob you of the benefits mentioned in this article. The surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery, located just off interstate 80 in Vallejo, CA, can help restore a natural smile to your face. One of the services they offer to their patients is dental implants. They look and feel like real teeth providing an excellent solution to replace any missing teeth. Contact us and Book an appointment with the surgeons to see if dental implants are right for you. They are conveniently located to serve patients throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

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