Smile…it’s free therapy…
August 18, 2009
The positive effects of smiling may not be life changing but they certainly can be mood changing and in these recession obsessed times anything that lifts our spirits (and for free!) must be a good thing.
The physical act of grinning releases serotonin , the ‘happy hormone’ which enhances and improves our mood. Apparently, the brain recognizes the muscles we use to smile and registers a good mood. And of course its infectious, it’s hard not to smile back at someone grinning at you and you’ll immediately become more attractive to others.
But, like most things in life, a smile may not be as it first seems. Anyone who is under confident or not genuinely pleased or happy will give what’s called a ‘forced smile’, using only the muscles around the mouth. A really genuine smile can be seen across the whole face including the eyes and forehead. Worth considering if you’re thinking about Botox, it may freeze more than your frowns.
The most common excuses for not cracking a smile (other than being unhappy) include being ashamed about crooked, missing or discoloured teeth and bad breath. Other smile stoppers include lipstick or food on teeth; shyness and lack of confidence.
Dr Kaman, one of the leading dentists in Budapest (THE dental capital of Europe) offers his opinion: “For a quick confidence boost for say an interview, date, wedding etc teeth whitening is all that is needed but for longer term confidence and general quality of life nothing beats fixing those crooked, misshapen and gappy smiles with high quality veneers or crowns.”
Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it does actually improve your mood, you can’t physically feel unhappy when your smile, so it really is the fastest, cheapest therapy around.
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