It has been said that, “There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all.” Well, not only is that a great quote, but it’s also more true than many of us realize. Scientists and anthropologists have long known that smiling is a universal human trait—across cultures and languages, in all parts of the world, a smile indicates happiness or pleasure. Furthermore, here are some wonderful benefits of smiling that you may not have realized.

  1. It’s A Great Way To Boost Your Mood

When you smile, endorphins are released in your body. These endorphins help brighten your mood, making you feel happier and more positive. Try smiling not only when you feel good, but also when you’re in a bad mood. Smile consistently for a full minute, and you’ll see that you feel better afterwards. If you look in the mirror as you smile for a minute, the effect will be further increased.

  1. It’s A Great Way To Improve The Moods of Others

That’s right! You can also help others come out of their slump. The mirror neurons in the brain are activated when we see someone smiling, and we want to mirror their expression of emotion. Therefore, naturally, when you smile, others smile too. Emotions are contagious.

  1. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Your immune system is responsible for fighting off viruses and bacteria, keeping you healthy and feeling well. Additionally, the more you smile, the stronger your immune system becomes. Smiling increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, which improves your resistance to illnesses.

  1. Smiling Reduces Pain

Scientists performed a study, where participants were tricked into smiling involuntarily while getting a shot. Volunteers not only reported less pain when their facial muscles had been manipulated into a smile, but their bodies also showed signs of reduced stress. The participants reported up to 40 percent less pain than people who didn’t smile.

  1. Smiling Make You Look Younger

Studies show that when people see a happy face, they guess the age of the person as younger compared to when the same person has a neutral or angry expression. Who said you need plastic surgery? If you want to appear younger, just go ahead and smile!

  1. Smiling Helps You Succeed In Life

Research shows that people who smile often appear more confident. Smiling people are more likely to be promoted, picked for activities, and approached by others. Other people react to you exponentially more favorably when you smile. Try it.

These are just a few of the numerous reasons to smile more! I am Dr. Onatsky, and I am here to help you smile more confidently and brightly. Let’s work together on keeping your teeth and gums healthy and attractive. Call today to schedule an appointment: 718-621-0827. Onatsky Dental Clinic is located at 2960 Ocean Ave 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11235.