The famous comedian Phyllis Diller once said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” She was right. You benefit in multiple ways from smiling. It improves everything, from our health and looks to our social lives and careers.
Studies have proven that smiling increases your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone which helps with several bodily functions, including appetite control, sleep, memory, and learning. Serotonin is often used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, obesity, migraines, and nausea.
Smiling also increases the production of endorphins, substances that, like serotonin, help with depression and provide pain relief and appetite suppression. Endorphins relieve stress and give you motivation to exercise.
The British Dental Health Foundation conducted a study which showed that smiling can improve your mood and the moods of people around you. Volunteers who were shown pictures of people smiling experienced the same level of mood elevation as those who were given money and chocolate.
Along with helping you improve people’s moods, smiling can make you look confident and approachable. When you look confident and approachable, you can find success in your work and social lives.
When you smile, you look younger and more attractive. The muscles you use to smile give you an instant face-lift effect.
The simple act of smiling can improve your health, longevity, looks, career and social life. And smiles are infectious, so you can spread the benefits to other people.
If you’ve been hiding your smile because of embarrassing teeth, hide no more. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts to learn about smile makeovers, or for a consultation. Dr. Fondriest serves patients from the greater Chicago area, as well as the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and nearby towns.