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Top 6 Health Benefits of Smiling

posted on 5-16-18

As orthodontists, we care deeply about your smile about your health. You may know the benefits of good orthodontic health, but did you know that the act of smiling itself can have many health benefits? These health benefits are just a few of the reasons you should smile.

Our top six health benefits of smiling are:

  1. Improved Mood

Even if you’re having a bad day, or struggling with anxiety or depression, smiling can improve your mood and help increase positive thoughts and emotions.

  1. Lower Blood Pressure

Smiling and laughing can help to lower your blood pressure. That’s because it causes an increase in heart rate, followed by muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure.

  1. Stress Relief

Smiling can help you improve your body’s response to stress. The act of smiling, whether you’re truly happy or not, can lower your heart rate during stressful tasks.

  1. Immune System Boost

Laughter, which tends to start after a smile, along with positive thoughts release molecules in the brain that fight stress and illnesses. Maybe laughter truly is the best medicine.

  1. Pain Relief

Smiling and laughing causes your body to release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers in your body. Laughing with friends can also increase your pain threshold, so if you’re in pain, try to watch a funny movie, or hang out with friends that make you smile.

  1. Better Relationships

Relationships are important to your overall health and wellbeing, and smiling can make you appear more likable. This makes it easier to build and maintain positive relationships with the people around you.

 

Smiling is healthy! It improves your mind, body, and overall well-being. We want you to reap all of these benefits, so make sure to smile frequently throughout the day.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Fake a smile, even when you’re down. The physical act of smiling does the job.
  • Watch funny movies, TV shows, or theatre productions. Find something that you enjoy watching to help you smile and laugh.
  • Spend time with your favorite people. Surround yourself with the people that you enjoy being around. They will help to bring out your happy side.

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