15 Jul You Should Smile More
and our Boynton Beach dentists aren’t the only ones who think so!
Our dental team in Boynton Beach, Florida will tell you that smiling is good for you, but the inimitable Nat King Cole says it – or rather sings it – so much better than we ever could. “Smile though your heart is aching,” he memorably advised us in a hit song that ends with this lyrical truism:
“Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.”
The songwriters behind the beautiful song instinctively knew the power of a smile, but research has since backed them up.
Benefits of Smiling
According to Psychology Today, a number of different studies have been done that clearly demonstrate what they call the “superpowers” of smiling. Two recent studies are sure to make you smile:
- You may want to thank the researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) who recently proved that smiling can make you look younger!
- You may like this one even better… another UMKC study shows that smiling can make you look thinner.
That’s not all! Psychology Today says that previous research has demonstrated that smiling can also:
- Elevate your mood and create a sense of well-being. “As behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson writes in this blog,” Psychology Today reports, “’Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.’ The notorious party animals dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin start whooping it up when you smile. And a bonus: those endorphins serve as natural pain relievers and act as the body’s own opiates.”
- Predict the levels of satisfaction and durability of a marriage.
- Make you appear courteous, likable, and competent.
- And even predict your life span. Psychology Today tells us that, “A 2010 Wayne State University research project studied pre-1950s major league player baseball cards.” PT quotes Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, who says, “The researchers found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn’t smile in their pictures lived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years.”
If you aren’t enjoying the benefits of smiling because you are missing teeth or have teeth that are stained, chipped or crooked, we want you to know that you can contact H.A.B. Dental and ask about our cosmetic dentistry services in Boynton Beach, including professional bleaching, implants and porcelain-veneers.