Laughter Is The Best Medicine: 10 Reasons Why Smiling Is Good For You

It’s National Smile Month (May 19 – June 19) and the spotlight is on the UK’s teeth and gums. This massive oral health campaign by the British Dental Foundation has 3 key messages.They are:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

But having a healthy smile is not just important for our oral health. Smiling is actually good for loads of other reasons too. So if you need help to get your smile confidence back, call Perfect Pearls today for a free consultation on 01582 518100.

1. Smiling makes you happy

We might be forgiven for thinking we smile because we’re happy, not the other way around. But psychologists have found that putting on a smile, even when we don’t feel like it, boosts mood.

2. Happy people live longer

If you’re generally happy and smile a lot (see number 1) you could live up to 10 years longer than people who don’t, according to studies at several North American universities.

3. Smiling boosts your immune system

Medical studies have shown that smiling relaxes the body and allows the immune system to work better. So now we have the perfect excuse to watch hours of funny cat videos.

4. Smiling is good for your heart

Telling someone to “grin and bear it” might actually be good advice after all. Research says that smiling when doing something difficult actually reduces stress good news for your ticker.

5. You’ll look younger

Discover the instant facelift without going under the knife yes, it’s a smile. The muscles we use to smile lift the face and knock years off.

6. Smiling is better than makeup

69% of people find a woman wearing a smile more attractive than when she is wearing makeup. So if you want to get noticed ladies, flash those pearly whites.

7. Smiles get you off the hook

You might think you need to look serious to show you’re sorry not always. A study has shown that people are kinder to wrongdoers if they smile.

8. You could get you promoted

Smiling makes us seem more sociable, successful and confident – not to mention trustworthy. Just the sort of qualities that can give us the edge over the competition in the workplace.

9. You’ll make more friends

If you smile at everyone, around half of the people you meet will smile back. Smiling instantly make us seem friendly and approachable and helps build rapport.

10. Smiling makes you more productive

You’ll feel more motivated and work harder after smiling and laughing. So, the next time your boss catches you looking at silly memes on the net you know what you can say…