The Science of Smiling: Why Having A Confident Smile Makes A Difference

Submitted by Bonnie C. Ferrell, DDS on January 16, 2018

Like the old saying goes, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile!” Smiling brightens your face, gives the impression that you are kind and capable, and makes you more attractive to those around you. But the benefits hardly stop there. In fact, smiling can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health.

It Relaxes You, and Those Around You

 Smiling can help release nerves and tension, which can help you relax in stressful situations. It also puts the people around you at ease, and gives them the impression that you are approachable and trustworthy.

It Boosts Your Confidence

Smiling has the wonderful ability to instill confidence by producing a sense of positivity and wellbeing. Others will perceive this as well, making it easier for them to relax and trust you. At work, this can come in especially helpful because when people perceive you as being confident and capable, they’re more likely to hear what you are saying and participate in teamwork in a constructive way.

Smiling Boosts Your Immunity and Eases Stress

Believe it or not, smiling can produce a natural immunity boost, which can help the body to  fend against illness. According the a study conducted by Berkley smiling also has a dramatic effect on heart rate and stress response, which means that smiling can help keep cortisol levels in check.

It Help to Keep Pain and Depression at Bay

When you smile, dopamine and serotonin are released, which help to combat depression and feelings of anxiety. Smiling can have an immediate relaxing effect, and helps to lower blood pressure. It also releases endorphins, which can reduce pain sensations.

Smiling has so many benefits for your physical, emotional, and mental wellness. However, if you don’t feel confident about your smile because of discoloration or missing, chipped, or crooked teeth, you’re likely not getting these benefits. A radiant, confident smile can be yours. Consult with your dentist to find out how you can receive all of the tremendous benefits of an authentic, glowing smile.

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Dr. Ferrell cares for adult patients in all stages of life from her warm and friendly practice in the Lowry neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.