How Smiling Affects Your Health

How Smiling Affects Your Health

How Smiling Affects Your Health

As Buddy the Elf once said, “I love smiling. Smiling is my favorite!”

Smiling may seem like such a simple thing, but the act is a lot more beneficial than it gets credit for. Did you know that smiling more often not only improves your happiness and self esteem, but it also has major benefits for your overall health? That’s right! 

Benefits of Smiling 

By now, we all know the benefit smiling has on our mental health. We’ve all had off days where we wake up in a bad mood, or where nothing seems to be going our way. But without fail, when we are greeted by the smiles of others, like our patients here at Krengel Dental, or our coworkers, it instantly brightens our day. And it’s true – smiling scientifically makes you happier. But guess what else it can help with?

Decreases Stress

We’ve all been effected by stress one way or another and know how awful it can be. Luckily, smiling is one easy way to help reduce it. When you smile, real or fake, your brain releases hormones such as serotonin, which helps reduce stress levels. And, not only can smiling reduce stress, but it can also help decrease anxiety!

Boosts Your Immune System

Whether you’re faking it until you make it or not, it’s proven that smiling can reduce overall stress and anxiety levels. These are things that studies have found make our bodies more resilient against sickness. One study found that in a group of 300 people, those who reported feeling happier, positive emotions right before cold and flu season were found to have a reduced risk of developing sickness. How is that for a benefit?

Importance of a Healthy Smile

While smiling in general is so important, it’s just as important to make sure you have a healthy smile as well. Taking care of your oral health can help increase confidence levels, and protect your overall health. Be sure to continue to brush and floss twice daily, as well as maintain your bi-annual dentist visits to ensure you have the healthiest smile possible.