Your new smile and its benefits

Your new smile and its benefits

Once you have your new smile what are some of the other benefits apart from looking great!

1. Smiling is contagious
Because of complex brain activity that occurs when you see someone smiling, smiles are contagious. Just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin.

2. Smiling lowers stress and anxiety
It’s not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but studies report that doing exactly that has health benefits. When recovering from a stressful situation, people who smile can have lower heart rates than those with a neutral facial expression.

3. Smiling releases endorphin’s
Smiling can help you manage stress and anxiety by releasing endorphin’s, chemicals that makes you happier. Endorphin’s are the same chemicals you get from working out or running, resulting in what is known as a runner’s high. Smile more to get that high without running.

4. You’ll be more attractive
Smiles are pretty darn attractive for more reasons than one. A smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going, and empathetic.

5. Smiling strengthens your immune system
Smiling even makes your immune system stronger by making your body produce white blood cells to help fight illnesses. Children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers in hospital who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t visited.

6. You’ll be more approachable
Turn that frown upside-down if you want to make some friends!
People are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an inviting facial expression that tells people you are willing to talk and interact with them.

7. You’ll seem more trustworthy
If you want to improve your credibility, simply smile more. What could be easier than that? Trusting doesn’t come easily to many, but smiling at someone may help.

8. You’ll be a better leader
If you’re in a position of power, or want to be, smiling may be the key to your success. Smiling is a more effective leadership technique than having great management responsibilities in some cases.

Smiling is an easy way to boost your mood, be healthier, feel better, and be viewed as more trustworthy and a better leader. With the added confidence of straight teeth, whenever you’re in a stressful situation or are feeling down, slap a grin on your face so you can take advantage of the many benefits smiling has to offer.

How do you feel when you smile?

“When I smile, I know my teeth aren’t straight, so I smile with my mouth closed. I always feel awkward in photos, my confidence has left me and I just don’t know where to start.”
Sue, 33, VIC

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