Actress Marylin Monroe said, “A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear.” We could not agree more! Not only does smiling make you appear more attractive, but smiling is also good for your health. So, to ring in the new year, we thought we would share our 10 reasons to smile in 2020.
#1: A smile can make you appear more attractive
A smile is universal and transcends linguistic or cultural barriers. Throughout the world, people smile when they are happy. And others are more drawn to someone who is smiling rather than frowning.
#2: A smile is more contagious than the flu!
You have surely heard the expression “a smile that lights up a room.” Just like happiness, smiles have the power to affect those around us. In fact, the part of your brain that controls your “smile muscles” does so automatically. As such, smiling can be entirely unconscious, especially in response to someone else smiling at you.
#3: Smiling relieves stress
A recent psychology study conducted at Midwestern University in the United States, revealed how a smile can help reduce stress. So even if you do not feel like smiling, try putting a smile on your face in times of stress.
#4: A smile can boost your mood
Similarly, smiling, even when you do not feel like it, can boost your mood. In fact, smiling can trick your body into thinking you are happy even when you are down. The physical act of smiling sends messages to your brain, which then releases endorphins and mood-elevating hormones like serotonin.
#5: A smile can also boost your immune system
Some studies have found that when you smile, the body releases more white blood cells. In turn, these cells fight off diseases and foreign invaders, thus protecting your body. In addition, it is believed that the neurotransmitters released when you smile help you relax. And being more relaxed improves immune function.
#6: Smiling is good for your heart
Smiling also helps reduce blood pressure. Studies showed that participants’ blood pressure decreased when they smiled.
#7: Smiling makes you look younger
While so many celebrities are worried about laugh lines, smiling can actually make you look younger. As smiling uses at least 10 facial muscles, if not more, it is great exercise. These muscles are also used to lift the face, making you appear younger.
#8: Smiling can help you get promoted!
Smiling makes you seem more confident and successful at work. People react differently to you when you smile more. While hard work and a good work ethic are probably more important to securing that promotion, smiling more won’t hurt! Furthermore, certain studies suggest that smiling can increase productivity and creativity at work. So, give it a try!
#9: A smile is a natural pain reliever
When you smile, your brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. And endorphins help to relieve pain naturally . . . no negative side effects!
#10: Show off your beautiful teeth!
If you are unhappy with your smile, there are many dental treatments to improve the look and health of your teeth. For example, whitening treatments can help get rid of stains or discolouration. Similarly, dentists can use white fillings to treat cavities for a more aesthetic look. Additionally, veneers or porcelain crowns can improve the overall look of teeth for that perfect smile.
Smiling is good for your overall health and mental health. With the new year upon us, make it your resolution to smile more. And remember, a beautiful smile starts with regular dental cleanings and checkups.
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