Why You Should Smile and Laugh More: Effects of Real and Fake Smiles
By contactus@nohofamilydental.com
May 02, 2018
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It is never enough to emphasize how important it is to take care of your teeth. Healthy teeth add to the quality of your smile and improve your overall mood in general.

Just because we are in the profession of making happy smiles, we want you to show off your teeth and enjoy your healthy laughter. Of course, we want all of you to laugh no matter what your teeth look like but making them look better will help you get a big boost of self-confidence by providing excellent dental restoration services and maintenance.

Smiles Improve Your Mood and Provide Relaxation

Many people do not appreciate fake smiles. They feel that it is insincere and misleading. No wonder that when you are in a bad mood, smiling or laughing is the last thing on your mind. But did you know that faking it can help improve your mood?

It is maybe hard to believe this, but some Japanese scientists found that it does in fact happen. They studied the effects of smiling manipulation during the negative thinking process and confirmed the importance of smiling before and during negative self-focused attention.

Just the act of curling your lips into a smile or letting out a small giggle is enough to trigger your brain into feeling happier. Fake smile can be a good bridge to a genuine positive emotion. People who smile genuinely, report being more satisfied and happier with their lives. So, find that positive memory, engage in a positive experience and simply talk to your best friends and smile next time you are experiencing any negative feelings and see what happens. It might feel weird at first, but it could turn into an effective strategy for coping with unpleasantries of your life.

Take another step and improve those effects by turning that smile into a full-blown laugh. Use some available tools to ease your efforts and you will feel how laughing will stimulate your blood circulation and help your muscles relax. Amazingly, those positive effects last up to 45 minutes after the laugh ends. Imagine what Real Smiles can do for you!

You Can Become More Sociable and Open-Minded

Your smile & laugh efforts will pay off not only by helping you feel better, but you’ll also show to others that that you’re an easy going and sociable person. It is obvious that it is not pleasant to be around people when they are in a bad mood, so why would it be different when you are in a bad mood?

Humans are social creatures, and that suggests constant interaction with others. Note: the more you engage and socialize with others, the happier you’ll be. Positive interaction accompanied with smiles and laughter creates a great and stimulating atmosphere. Smiles and laugh are contagious — whenever you see someone else doing it, you respond with the same. The mirror neurons that we’ve been using since our early childhood help us understanding the actions of other people and learn new skills by imitation. They trigger copying certain behaviors, including smiling and laughing.

 

A – Resting position   B - 1st stage of smile – Social smile   C – 2nd stage of smile – Spontaneous smile; Patient’s eyes are half-shut.

Everything is good in moderation but trying to be positive and trying to share a laugh with others will allow you to develop great bonds with people, share information and have healthy long-term relationships.

You Become More Productive

Work is not always a place that creates an atmosphere for smiles or laugh, but your generally positive attitude makes you and others more productive. Smiling and laughing generates energy and improves your mood. So, completing tasks will be easier, as you’ll be able to maintain a better focus on the work you are doing.

Being charged with positive energy, you will also have more time to focus on the things that matter outside of work and enjoy what makes you truly happy.

Again, this is a cycle that’s worth getting into. Being positive helps you be more productive, being productive makes you happier and vice versa. This is something everyone can do, even if you have to start with a fake smile, no matter what you do for a living.

Your Physical Wellbeing Improves

In addition to mental health, smiling and laughing will definitely help your physical state of being. Your abdominal muscles get activated with laughing. As a result, your body releases endorphins which can ease pain (if you are experiencing any dental or other type of pain) and make your immune system stronger.

There are lots of scientific studies that proved the effects of smiling and laughing. Decreasing your risk for heart disease is one of them. Positive properties of endorphins allow to protect the heart and prevent the buildup of fat and cholesterol. Moreover, these actions can also lower your blood pressure for about a day or even longer.

The Best Benefit of All…

All the scientific information mentioned above is great, but the best benefit of smiling and laughing more is that it makes you feel good. Thoughts are material. Take advantage of positive thinking, spend time doing what makes you feel better, smile and laugh yourself and share that with others.

Don’t let the state of your teeth get in the way of that. Our professional dental team can also support you with BETTER CARE for BETTER SMILE & BETTER LIFE!

 

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