How Smiling Affects Your Mental Health & Social Life

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Ever since you were a kid, people have probably been telling you to smile. Maybe it was your parents saying it while dropping you off on the first day of school. Or maybe it happened during a play or musical performance or while taking a school photo.

But did you know that smiling really does make a difference, and can affect your mental health and social life in really incredible ways?

Here are just a few ways that smiling can greatly improve your everyday life.

1. Smiles are contagious!

If you see someone smile, you are more likely to smile yourself. Let’s start a smile train! Smiles are so contagious that it’s actually difficult for us to frown when we see someone smiling. That’s how powerful a smile is.

2. Smiling makes you feel better.

The act of smiling activates neurons in your brain that release endorphins and improve your mood. It’s a safe, free, and natural mood-lifter!

3. Smiling fights off stress.

When we smile our brains release neuropeptides, such as dopamine and serotonin, which lower stress levels. Smiling even lowers our heart rate and blood pressure. What a wonderful way to alleviate everyday stress.

4. Smiling makes you more attractive to others.

Believe it or not, smiling actually makes you more appealing to others. People will treat you differently when you smile vs. when you don’t smile. In a study from Penn State University, researchers found that smiling employees were considered more popular, kind, and better at their job than their non-smiling co-workers. Smiling could get you that next promotion!

Your smile matters and has a big impact on your life. If you want to make sure your smile looks its best, contact Las Cruces Dental Solutions to speak to our friendly team!

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