Most people could easily rattle off the most obvious benefits of smiling which may be to make a good impression or to appear confident, but it is only in understanding the full extent of benefits derived from smiling where the power of smiling really lies.
Even though we may apply it to certain occasions, smiling is more instinctual than learned. It is an innate behaviour gracing the faces of even newborn babies. A genuine smile is a universal signal of happiness, a reflex that tells the world we are happy, friendly, approachable, and attractive or having a good time.
We are constantly bombarded with reminders to smile; be it in an advertisement (print, television, billboard, or digital) on fridge magnets, social media, and TV or self-help books. And there is just cause for these reminders.
To all intents and purposes, smiling is good for us. This may be why people with less-than-pleasing smiles endeavour to improve their smiles with cosmetic or restorative dental methods like dental implants in Bromley.
Do we smile as often as we should, and if not, why should we?
Reasons why we are encouraged to smile more
A Moshulu consumer survey has found that, in the UK, we smile 11 times a day or at least 232,000 times during the course of our lifetime. Despite this, 50 per cent of the respondents acknowledged that they don’t smile as much as they ought to and 75 per cent were of the opinion that the whole world should smile more.
The following reasoning makes a powerful argument in favour of smiling more.
One of the desirable consequences triggered by smiling is the positive effect on health. Mental health may be the most obvious guess, but overall physical and dental health also reap the rewards.
Researchers tell us that smiling affects the brain in a positive way. Turn up the corners of the mouth in a smile and the brain receives a simple message: ramp up the production of good-feeling neurotransmitters. The end result of this chemical process in the brain is that we feel happy and positive about the world around us.
These good-feeling chemicals not only help us feel better but offer other advantageous spin-offs. They boost the immune system to fight off illness and disease, reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and keep the heart happy and healthy.
With the positive impact on heart health and immune system, as well as being an effective method to offer stress and combat pain, it is easily seen why smiling can also play a role in longevity.
Dental health benefits too in that, to keep a smile looking good, a person will have to be proactive in tackling dental issues as they arise. If a healthy mouth is a prerequisite for a happy smile, and considering all the rewards to be gained by smiling, it is no wonder that the Oral Health Foundation considers a healthy smile as a highly-valued personal asset.
There are countless everyday situations that can trigger a smile, from seeing the sun out to hearing a favourite song play to receiving a hug, to being greeted by one’s pet upon arriving at home. With so many inducements presenting themselves, there are innumerable reasons to wear a smile.