“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Imagine walking out your door first thing in the morning and being greeted by everyone as you smile back at them. Your smile brings joy to others and it elicits joy within. A transformation occurs at work and in relationships when a beautiful smile is front and center. Our Prescott Valley implant dentist Dr. Larson’s experience with smile restorations changes lives.
Smiling affects your brain – The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. Smiling facilitates the release of neuropeptides that work towards alleviating stress.
These neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate and send messages to the entire body when a person feels emotions. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are the positive feeling neurotransmitters that help relax the body, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
Smiling affects your body – Your appearance improves twofold when you smile. People respond differently and there’s a sense of feeling rewarded. Smiling also helps you be viewed as attractive and activates the region in your brain that processes sensory rewards. Both men and women are more attracted to images of people who make eye contact and smile than those who do not.
Smiling affects those around you – A smile is contagious. The part of your brain that is responsible for making you smile when you’re happy and compels you to mimic another’s smile lives in the cingulate cortex, an unconscious automatic response area. Facial pronouncements go directly to the recipient, and the conscious effort to turn a frown into a smile is evident.
Laughing expands the lungs – A seriously good belly laugh can expand the lungs, stretch the muscles in the body, tone the abdominal muscles, and stimulate homeostasis. This replenishes the cells by filling the lungs with oxygen, similar to how cardiovascular exercises work.
Smiling releases endorphins – As the release of endorphins is increased, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed and anxious, which contributes to unpleasant feelings.
Smiling lowers the negativity and allows for positivity to take over. People trying to lose weight will also benefit from smiling more, as cortisol is an active hormone that prevents people from dropping pounds if they’re too stressed out.
A happy expression serves you well in life – From job interviews to building healthy relationships to advancing in your career, a smiling face indicates confidence and an ability to cope with challenging situations. This can be seen as favorable in the eyes of employers and potential partners.
There’s always something to smile about. Once you begin to consciously look at all the things that are uplifting and funny, you’ll be more aware of them, in tune with them, and more apt to engage in a spontaneous laugh or smile.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your smile and boost your confidence, look no further than Dr. Larson at Prescott Valley Dental. With dental implants, you can enjoy a permanent, natural-looking solution to missing or damaged teeth. Not only will your smile look great, but you’ll also enjoy improved oral health and feel more inclined to smile more often. Contact our Prescott Valley, AZ dental office at (928) 237-9064 to schedule a consultation and learn how dental implants can benefit you!