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Smile: It’s better for your health

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Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.

Yoko Ono

Both smiling and laughing have been major topics of studies over the years. Guillaume Duchenne, a French scientist neurologist studied the topics until the 1900s, and he found that it takes only two muscles to smile. One of the simplest tasks our body does. Even more powerful is the fact that a simple smile or laughter can have huge impacts across the entire body.

Smiling relieves stress

Smiling and especially laughter are able to slow down your stress levels by decreasing your heart rate and blood pressure. This natural response causes your body to feel more calm and relaxed.

Smiling Improves your mood

Simply passing on a smile to a stranger or even yourself in the mirror can trigger the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. These singal your body that you are happy and increases your overall mood. A smile is a natural antidepressant.

British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.

Author of “Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act” Ron Gutman

Smiling is contagious

The part of the brain that controls the facial expression of smiling is an unconscious automated response. So when someone across a room smiles, you are more likely to smile back but a natural response. So share your smile when you can because it will help others around you too.

Research shows that children smile an average of 400 times per day, compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult who smiles only 20 times per day.

Smiling helps you stay positive

That sounds crazy? Just try it… smile right now. Even when it’s hard, feels uncomfortable and forced, putting a smile on your face naturally lifts you up. A smile sends a message to your brain that “things are good.”

So tomorrow morning when you roll out of bed, start your day with a simple smile to yourself in the mirror. This will automatically kick your body into a happier, healthier state, without you having to think about it.

If you find yourself not in love with your smile, the staff at Berkers Family Dentistry is here to help. We want you to feel confident and happy about your smile so you can spread it to the world.

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