How contagious is Smiling ?

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How contagious is Smiling?

Ever wake up on the wrong side of bed or just started your morning off all wrong? Some of us have woken up late by missing the alarm clock, ran down the stairs to just slip and spill coffee on our favorite shirt; and only to make matters worse, there is traffic on the way to work. We all have those mornings. We sometimes call them a case of the Mondays; but did you know that even with all that negativity, putting a smile on your face can boost your mood? Smiling even when you don’t feel like it may actually turn your series of unfortunate events into more positive ones.

When something makes us feel good we smile, so if that’s the case, does it work the other way around? Can smiling actually make you feel good? As author Jaeda DeWalt states; “Happiness is created and not found, it's a state of mind and in its best form, it stands independent of life’s circumstances.” So with that in mind, why not? Actually in the past years, many scientific studies have concluded that smiling can actually improve your mood, boost your immune system, and can lead to many other positive factors in your life!

According to a 2010 study smiling can boost your mood! Smiling even when you’re feeling down can increase positive thoughts, therefore improving your mood and creating a more positive atmosphere for you. So, even when you’re feeling a bit blue, smiling might just do the trick.

Not only is smiling good for your mental health, but it can also improve your physical health as well. According to a many scientific studies, smiling and laughter aids you in stress relief, lowering your blood pressure, building stronger immune function and when they say ‘laughter is the best medicine’, they mean it! Smiling causes your body to release its own natural painkillers. According to a 2012 study, laughter increases your pain threshold, therefore creating a higher pain tolerance. So, when you’re sick or injured, hanging out with family and friends who make you laugh, or even watching your favorite comedy can ease your pain. Also if you’re looking for a hot date, or just trying to make new friends, cracking a smile increases people’s attraction towards you. According to a 2014 study, smiling makes you seem more approachable, trustworthy and likable.

With all the amazing benefits that smiling has to offer, one would not be surprised that smiling and a positive attitude are associated with an increased life span. If that’s not a reason to smile, I don’t know what is. Remember to smile on a daily basis, even when things seem blue, a simple smile can change your whole day! Schedule an appointment with us to today to make sure you’re wearing your best smile.