Benefits of Smiling and Laughing You Didn’t Know About

Your smile is one of your most important feature. Smiling and laughing can have a massive positive effect on your health. However, as we grow up we tend to lose the habit of laughing and smiling. A prime example of this is a children’s playground juxtaposed to the parents sitting around the edge. The children are constantly laughing and smiling as they revel in the moment while the parents sit, full of stress and worry. Often the lack of smiling and laughing is a result of the stress that every day life brings but sometimes it’s because we are scared to show off our smiles. Damaged, poorly shaped, or poorly coloured teeth can easily ruin a good smile. Fortunately, our experienced Delta dentist can fix your teeth so you can experience the multitude of benefits that accompany smiling and laughing

Here are 7 benefits of laughing and smiling that you didn’t know about:

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1. Neurotransmitters are released: Neurotransmitters known as endorphins are released when you smile. These are triggered by the movements of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, and in turn, releases the chemicals. Endorphins make us happy and help lower stress levels. By faking a smile or laugh, our brain is tricked into releasing these chemicals because it doesn’t know the difference between a real or fake smile or laugh. The brain interprets the muscle positioning the same way, this is known as facial feedback hypothesis. The more we get our brain to release endorphins, the happier and more relaxed we feel.

2. Endorphins relieve stress: Aside from relaxing us, endorphins also act as natural painkillers. For this reason, laughing and smiling can be an effective pain management tool for those who suffer from chronic pain.

3. Endorphins increased/cortisol reduced: Cortisol is the stress hormone in our bodies. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and adds to the uncomfortable feelings we experience. Laughing and smiling can reduce these negative feelings.

4. Laughing expands the lungs: Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body, and stimulates homeostasis. Laughing also replenishes the cells with a lungful of oxygen and gains all of the other benefits of exercise.

5. Release emotions: Laughing can help you release emotions, especially emotions that may be kept inside. Everything always looks a little better after a good laugh. Additionally smiling and laughing always have positive social implications.

6. Attractive expression: Smiling is a far more attractive expression than frowning. Smiling makes you appear to be more approachable. Interaction with others is easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are abundant. Additionally, these behaviours are contagious, making others around you feel good too.

7. Life is just better: Multiple studies have shown the connection between someone who smiles a lot compared to someone who rarely smiles and their chances of landing a job or making new friends. Smiling and laughing can go a long way to creating a good first impression.

If you are limiting the use of your smile because you are scared of what you are revealing when you open your mouth, visit your nearest dentist and let your smile shine!