The sweet dulcet tones of a loved one whispering in your ear, the aroma of those spices filling your nostrils. The nostalgia of a beautiful memory. The sweet touch of a breeze on your skin on a hot summers day. Whatever the happy sensation our emotive receptors are aroused after being funneled through our brain. Then suddenly being pulled like puppets our facial muscles controlling our mouths are pulled upwards to form what is known as a smile.
It’s no big secret that research has focused on the impact of non verbal communication and its message to those far and near. Why is it though that a smile can be so powerful? Research has stated that smiling is contagious. In fact think about that time when someone smiles at you- it’s very difficult not to smile back.
It has been said that smile and the world smiles with you, but why?Loren Gary has done research on mirror nerves. He basically states that we are hardwired to smile and it is contagious because our brains have mirror neurons that make us “simulate” within ourselves the states of others around us.
So if you’re in a bad, what is the simplest way to uplift your spirits? Psychologists have found that forcing yourself to smile can help. This is due to our happy hormone- endorphin being released -even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
Certainly smiling is a universal sign of happiness. While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is recognised around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
Have a real deep belly laugh can also reduce pain. Think about those times, when your clumsy mannerisms have caused you to fall over? Instead of crying we try and laugh it off, reducing the pain.
While the release of endorphins, our happy hormone is increased, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced.Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious . Cortisol has several health negatives including weight gain. So if we can reduce cortisol then happy days.
It has often been said that one of the fundamental keys to success is positivity. Let’s think about stressful situations; a job interview, exam results- thinking about it, any situation demanding performance. Looking all sour-faced won’t serve you well- a smiling, relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations. Several studies have also shown the benefits in leadership-building healthy relationships with colleagues and being seen in a favourable light by your employers can start will more smiling everyday. This is particularly true when trying to engage with them.
Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger. Saggy skin is not a good look. If you smile more it also gives off a sense of youth.
So it can not be argued, smiling has huge benefits- you should be proud of your smile. I have just finished a smile makeover this week and the patients new smile has encouraged him to take charge of other aspects of his life, he is now determined to loose weight, apply for a new job and make some other changes to his life. Now I am not saying that I am solely responsible for these desired changes but there is no doubt that the law attraction may have played its part. A beautiful smile may indeed attract great things. It takes twelve muscles to smile and 113 muscles to frown. Let’s focus more on smiling and less on frowning. So no need to wait. Discuss with your dentist how your smile can be improved.