5 Interesting Facts about Smiling

Beautiful SmileAt the dental office of Roderick A. Garcia, DMD, we’re very big proponents of smiling. Smiling is a universal symbol of happiness and friendliness; it’s one of the first facial expressions an infant learns.

Because we love smiles so much (and we think the start of the New Year is a great reason to smile), we’re bringing you 5 interesting facts about showing those pearly whites:

 1. Smiling Relieves Stress

When you smile, your body releases mood-lifting endorphins. The endorphins can also help relieve any stress you may be feeling.

2. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Stress affects the body in many negative ways, including lowering the strength of your immune system. The endorphins released when you smile lower your stress, reducing its effects on your health.

 3. Smiling Can Boost Your Mood

Studies by psychologists have found that when you’re in a bad mood, smiling can actually lift and even change your mood! It’s true even if you have to force a smile (at first!).

 4. Smiling is Contagious

There’s a good chance smiles really are contagious! A study in Sweden found that the test’s subjects had a difficult time frowning when looking at other people who were smiling. Their muscles even tried to twitch into smiles all on their own!

 5. Smiling is  a Universal Sign of Happiness

Smiling is one of the few signals that signifies the same thing around the world and across cultures—happiness and acceptance!

Smiling really is good for you and everyone around you. It’s the start of a New Year, so go out and share your wonderful smile!And don’t forget to contact Dr. Garcia today to keep your smile healthy and beautiful!   

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