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The Power of Smiling

June 10, 2019
1 week ago

Smiling is a powerful thing and it usually is the result of something positive that is happening in your life. Whether things are looking up or looking down, the power of smiling can help you in many ways. When you show off those nice pearly whites you raise chemicals in your body that can help produce positive emotions, even when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Even forcing a smile when times are tough can help you get through a difficult situation.

Here are a few ways smiling can better your life.

By smiling more you are reducing the stress in your life. Even if you’re the happiest person in the world everyone deals with some type of stress. You’re probably thinking why in the world would I smile in a stressful situation, but that may be exactly what you need to help get through it. A study by Psychological Science, Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman discovered that smiling will reduce your heart rate during a stressful encounter. When you smile something called serotonin is released which is a natural stress reducer in the brain. This study shows that even if you have to force a smile in a stressful situation that will help you out in difficult situation.

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This is a no brainier, but smiling will increase your happiness. It’s simple when you smile, you’re most likely happy. A neurologist, Dr. Isha Gupta states that when you smile it creates a chemical reaction in your brain that produces dopamine. When you are depressed you have low dopamine levels and when you are happy your dopamine levels are high. Life can throw you challenges good or bad, but if you take on those challenges and obstacles with your head held high and a smile on your face then you will have a better perception of what is going on.

Did you know that smiling can improve your pain tolerance? Although, smiling on its own is not scientifically linked to a higher pain tolerance, but adding a smile or laughter to your pain will make your discomfort a little better. After reading this blog you now know a little bit about how powerful your smile can be. If you are not happy with your smile then it’s time for a change. It’s never too late to get that smile you always wanted. Whether it’s a general cleaning and check up or something cosmetic, Philly Dentistry is the place for all your dental needs. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and if you’re feeling ambitious you can follow us on social media @phillydentistry to stay up to date with all the news at our office. Thank you and keep on smiling Philadelphia!

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