We all know a few people who are fun to be around because of their positivity and happiness. Researchers are now finding that, in addition to adding to the happiness of those around them, people who smile and laugh more often tend to be healthier in a variety of different ways. It adds credence to the common phrase “laughter is the best medicine!” It really might be true!
Health Benefits of Smiling
Below are 5 of the health benefits of smiling and laughing:
- Increases Happiness – The British Dental Health Foundation conducted a research study that proved that smiling, even if you don’t feel happy, can improve your mood. Smiling and laughing releases endorphins, the hormone that makes you feel happy. When endorphins are released, your mood is boosted, proving that you can literally trick yourself into feeling happier!
- Lowers Blood Pressure – When smiling, your blood pressure naturally lowers and more nutrients and oxygen are allowed to flow through the body. Over time, if you laugh and smile often and regularly, your blood pressure can decrease naturally.
- Reduces Stress – Smiling naturally reduces the cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. When cortisol is decreased, your stress levels will also decrease and you’ll feel a natural boost of energy.
- Helps Live Longer – People who are happier have been shown to live up to seven years longer than those who aren’t as happy. This is likely due to the health benefits associated with smiling and laughing!
- Decreases Pain – Smiling and laughing have both been shown to reduce pain. The endorphins that increase happiness will also act as natural painkillers. This is why happier people generally have a higher tolerance for pain and discomfort.
Make sure that you’re confident in showing off your smile by keeping it healthy, clean, and beautiful! Good at-home oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily. In addition to your at-home oral hygiene, you should also visit Severance Dental at least every six months for a dental cleaning and an exam.
To make your appointment at Severance Dental, please contact our Severance, Colorado family dental office today!