Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time over a zoom meeting or in person, your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Although we haven’t had much control over the events this past year, you do have control over how often you smile. While it’s something small, its positive effects on your brain can go a long way. Did you know that smiling and laughter improves your self-confidence, mood and has a positive affect on your overall mental health? Since smiling is something that you do have control over, let’s dive into some of the benefits of smiling more often:

Releases Feel-Good Neurotransmitters

Did you know that every time you smile, your brain releases “happy hormones” including dopamine, serotonin and endorphins causing you to feel happier and even less anxious? In addition to smiling, research shows that spending time outside in the sunlight can actually increase the production of both serotonin and endorphins.

Another way to boost your “happy hormone” levels is by exercising. You’ve either heard of the phrase,  “runners high” or experienced it – this is that sensation you feel after going on a run when your body is releasing endorphins. Exercise can also impact your production of serotonin and dopamine, making it an excellent reason to get outside and get some exercise. Whether you aim to smile more often or get outside for a walk around the neighbourhood, you can be confident that your brain is going to feel the positive effects.

Laughter Impacts Your Overall Health

As we get older and life becomes a bit more serious, we can all agree that we might not laugh as much as we used to when we were children. Here are the top 3 ways that laughter can positively impact your health:

  1. Laughter can release tension and stress causing your entire body to feel more relaxed
  2. Laughter can help strengthen your immune system by lowering stress hormones and impacting the increase of both immune cells and antibodies that fight infections
  3. Laughter can often lighten a serious situation; you’ve probably heard of the expression “just laugh it off”

Improved Mental Health

Taking care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally should always be a priority. When you prioritize smiling and laughing more often, your mental health is also positively impacted. Both laughter and smiling increase feelings of joy, improve your mood and relaxes you. As you develop a habit of smiling and laughing more often, you’ll notice a positive shift mentally. When you are happier overall, your optimism becomes contagious and you’ll notice that the people around you are positively impacted by your mood and smile. There really is no negative effect of smiling too often. People might just ask you what your secret is.

Enhanced Self-Confidence

Considering all of the benefits of smiling, we encourage you to do it more often. If you’re not happy and confident with your smile, Cranberry Hill Dentistry can help. We offer many services to enhance your smile including teeth whitening, teeth alignment (including braces and Invisalign), veneers to improve the strength, shape and appearance of teeth and so much more!

When you’re confident in yourself and your smile, you’ll smile more and notice an overall positive impact on your mood. You won’t hide your smile but instead, you’ll be looking for more reasons to smile throughout the day. To learn more about ways to enhance your smile, contact us today. You can also use the webform to book an appointment for tooth whitening directly at Cranberry Hill Dentistry. 

We hope this gives you more reasons to smile more often.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/happy-hormone#laughter

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm#

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