You know how someone else’s smile or laugh makes you feel: happy! Well, your smile and laugh can make others feel this way – and that’s just one of the many benefits.
Below, we’re going to detail the various ways that smiling and laughing are good for you, and how we can help if you’re nervous about smiling because of how your teeth look.
The Benefits of Smiling and Laughing
Here are several interesting ways smiling and laughing can benefit you.
Smiling makes you feel better.
Your body releases feel-good chemicals, called endorphins, when you smile. Endorphins also counteract the effects of stress on your body. They are natural pain relievers without any negative side effects.
Smiling makes you seem friendlier.
People are naturally drawn to others who smile and seem approachable. Your smile will naturally encourage others to smile, which increases the benefits all around. Smiling can actually boost your appearance to others and make you appear younger than you are, which in turn will boost your confidence.
Laughing benefits every cell in your body.
When you laugh, you exercise your heart and lungs and bring more oxygen into your body. Your muscles are activated, which increase circulation. The extra oxygen helps each cell work better.
Laughing boosts your immune system.
Laughing is known to help your white blood cell count rise, which strengthens your immune system. A stronger immune system helps you fight off viruses and infections.
Laughing improves your heart health.
Researchers have found that laughing regularly can lower your blood pressure. Laughing strengthens your heart and blood vessels and encourages blood flow. It’s an easy, medication-free way to have a healthier heart and circulatory system.
Laughing helps you deal with emotions.
If you have feelings hidden inside, laughing can release them and help you feel more peaceful. Smiling and laughing can change your negative perspective to a positive one. Laughing is known to release tension and help you feel more relaxed for up to 45 minutes after you do it.
Smiling and laughing gives you a better outlook.
In a stressful situation, your smiles and laughter can not only set others at ease, but also improve your own outlook. If you see yourself as a joyful person, you will have a strong sense of purpose and inspire joy in others.
How to Make Smiling and Laughing a Habit
In our busy, stressful world, it’s easy to forget the importance of smiling and laughing. However, if you prioritize it, you will reap many benefits. Here’s how to make a habit out of smiling and laughing.
Spend time with positive people
Think of someone who makes you smile. Schedule regular time in your week to see them so you can be inspired to smile more often. Children are especially good at prompting you to smile and laugh.
Enjoy your animals
If you have pets, they can easily put a smile on your face. Carve out time to play with your pets and enjoy the flow of endorphins they will stir in you.
Choose funny entertainment
Rather than watching serious shows on TV one night, choose a funny show to watch. Next time you watch a movie, choose a comedy. Shaking up your routine can help you laugh more often.
Have a positive outlook
If you’re consciously looking for things that make you happy, or things that make you smile, you’ll be guaranteed to laugh and smile more often. Subscribe to funny videos online or follow positive and inspiring people on social media.
Improving Your Teeth Can Make You Smile More
Children laugh and smile far more often than the average adult. There are many reasons for this, but for some people one of the main ones is that, as we get older, we can feel more self-conscious of our imperfect smiles. This causes us to hide them from the world.
If you hide your smile because you feel self-conscious, we offer several dental solutions that can improve your teeth and give you the confidence you need.
A regular cleaning can freshen your smile and remove built-up plaque. If it’s been over six months since you had your last dental appointment, call us today.
We offer several options for brightening your smile. You can choose at-home kits or have your teeth whitened in our office. Different options are available based on your budget. Check with us on the options that will work best for you.
If you need corrections to your smile, we offer many different solutions. Crowns, bridges, and other improvements can give you a brand-new look and a lot more confidence.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry. You’ll soon have a beautiful smile you’re proud to show to the world!