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5 Benefits of Smiling

Smiling is contagious and can have a positive effect on your mood. Just think back to a time when a stranger flashed a smile at you; you likely smiled back and felt a little better about your day. Next time you’re tempted to frown, remember these five benefits of smiling!

  1. Less Stress
  2. The stress hormone cortisol increases your heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar; slows your digestion; and causes you to sweat. So if you are chronically stressed out, you can experience more anxiety and general bodily discomfort. Smiling can reduce cortisol levels and your heart rate, and trigger the release of mood-enhancing hormones!

  3. Improved Immune System
  4. Smiling releases endorphins in the body. These natural chemicals can calm your immune system and reduce inflammation.

  5. Relaxation
  6. Endorphins that are released when you smile can also help you feel more relaxed. They help relieve pain and combat feelings of sadness and anxiety.

  7. Socially Attractive
  8. Smiling is a friendly gesture. When you have a smile on your face, others are more likely to feel like they can approach you. If you want to establish more friendships and connections, try to smile more! Feeling a sense of camaraderie and belonging with others can increase your confidence and expands your “village” for when you need help or advice.

  9. Positive Mood
  10. Smiling can create more positive feelings within you. In general, maintaining a more cheerful attitude can help you laugh more and see the brighter side of life, especially when hard times come.

Would You Like to Improve Your Smile?

If you are hesitant to share your smile due to discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth, our team at Donald Kim, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you! We offer comprehensive oral healthcare, including a variety of cosmetic dental services. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Monroe, WA.


March 28, 2023 6:41 pm
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