If there is one thing you should do every day to improve your overall health, it would probably be to smile.
Smiling has so many health benefits, not to mention it’s contagious and people will definitely enjoy being around you more with a smile on your face.
Our friends at Alligator Dentist, a pediatric dentist in Idaho Falls, know how important a smile can be, so they helped us put together this list of the great benefits of smiling.
Are you ever really unhappy when you smile? It’s kind of a known fact that when people smile, they are in a good mood. Sometimes you can even trick your mind and body into thinking you’re happy by forcing a smile. Try waking up each morning and putting a big smile on your face to start the day off right. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Lower Blood Pressure
Smiling and laughter have the ability to slow down our bodies by relaxing us. Initially, it might cause an increased heart rate, but after that, our muscles relax with a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure.
As if an improved mood and lower blood pressure aren’t enough to relieve a little stress. Because smiling can help lower your heart rate, it can actually help reduce your stress during particularly stressful tasks.
People like to be around, and in general just tend to like, other people who are positive and happy. Smiling lets others know that you are a positive and happy ray of sunshine that they want to be near. And because people thrive on that positivity, it improves your relationships with them.
Laughter and smiling can actually help to reduce pain, or at least make it more tolerable. Smiling releases endorphins that can help lift our moods, and endorphins are our bodies’ natural painkillers.
With the benefits we’ve mentioned so far, it should come as no surprise that smiling can help increase your lifespan. With less stress, lower blood pressure, and great relationships, people who smile often tend to live longer than average.
Think of “we whistle while we work”. Humming a happy tune or, you guessed it, smiling, helps to create a more productive mindset while working. So, smiling can help you be more productive during some of those daunting tasks that you might be dreading.
It’s no secret that people are more attractive when they smile. Everyone loves a good smile. So, that’s one easy step to making yourself more attractive (and helping others around you since smiles are contagious).
Do you want to look more youthful? Then smile often! Smiling is basically a natural facelift. The results might not be immediate, but it can make a real difference in a few years if you’ve been smiling instead of frowning.
Better Immune System
Smiling helps with our overall health, and that includes your immune system. Because smiling helps us to relax, the immune system is ready to react when unfriendly invaders attach the body. Ergo, smiling can help prevent sickness – so why wouldn’t you smile more?