4 Reasons to Appreciate Your Smile

Do you realize how important your smile is? Most of us find ourselves smiling all the time without even thinking about it. Here are a few reasons why you should appreciate your smile.

At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics we know the importance of a smile. That’s why we dedicate our practice to keeping central Arkansas residents’ smiles healthy and natural.

1. It’s good for communication.

So much of our communication with other people has to do with body language and facial expressions. Smiles are a nearly universal sign of positive emotions like friendliness and happiness.

There is a reason that smiling is considered a universal sign of joy. It’s one of our most basic expressions. A smile is one of the first expressions that we learn. Even babies know how to communicate positive emotions with a smile. Some studies have even shown babies starting to learn how to smile while they are still in the womb.

2. It helps with your overall health.

Ever hear that laughter is the best medicine? Smiling is healthy for you! A smile releases a small amount of endorphins that help boost your mood. These endorphins are also good for decreasing stress and can even help reduce blood pressure.

Find yourself in a poor mood? Try a fake smile. It might feel silly, but the endorphins released from even a small smile have the potential to help lift your mood.

Experience tells us that having an everyday reason to smile is essential to your overall health.

Whether it’s a good comedic release, a positive memory or good friend, we recommend finding a reason to smile every day.

3. A smile gets results.

What happens when you smile more? Smiling increases confidence. A good smile can help you in your professional life and your social life. A smile is contagious, so if you want to boost the mood of people around you, initiate positive emotions by finding a simple reason to smile.

You’re never fully dressed without a smile. Studies have shown that many people consider a smile to be more effective than makeup when it comes to personal beauty.

4. It’s a natural reaction to joy.

There is nothing quite like a genuine smile. It’s nearly impossible to fake because it is formed using different muscles in your face. For example, in most cases a genuine smile causes small wrinkles near your eyes.

Even if they can’t quite distinguish what is different, most people can differentiate from a genuine smile and an ordinary one.

Take the first step in keeping your smile healthy and natural. Talk to your doctor or contact

James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics to schedule your appointment.