Science Supports the Joy Found in a Smile

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You’ve seen it. You’ve seen how a smile can change everything. You’ve had days where you were lifted from drowsy annoyance to lively happiness with just a grin from someone awesome. And you’re not the only and who understands the power of a smile because we do too, as do thousands of published scientific studies. At our office and all over the world, we know that a smile is a mighty key to an upbeat lifestyle and a happy attitude.

So what is the science behind smiles? Listed here are a few scientifically supported reasons that smiles can make your day better.

— Smiling releases neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. They send messages to the body, telling it to calm down.

— When you smile a lot, you look better. You are viewed as attractive, relaxed, sincere, and reliable. When someone sees you smiling, they actually feel rewarded and trust you more.

— Neurotransmitters that create dopamine are activated when you smile. This chemical actually makes you happy.

— A part of your brain that controls facial expression is responsible for smile mimicry. This makes smiling contagious. You can help people by smiling at them and even brighten the mood of an entire room because each time you smile at them, their brain coaxes them to return the favor.

— Endorphins are created which can relieve pain.

— When you smile, your brain’s serotonin levels rise. Serotonin acts as an antidepressant and an immediate mood lifter.

At Dr. Nathalie Dowsett, our dentist in Calgary, Alberta, knows how important a grin is. We practice dentistry because we want you to be comfortable and confident when it comes to smiling, and we know that we can make that happen. Please call our office at 403.229.0510 so we can help give you a smile that is white, bright, and ready for any blue day.