We all know someone who’s fun to be around because of how happy and positive they are! But researchers are learning that, in addition to making others around them happier, people who smile a lot are healthier in all sorts of ways. It brings whole new meaning to the phrase “laughter is the best medicine!”
Below are six reasons to turn that frown upside down:
Smiling boosts your immune system: The hormone associated with stress is found to decrease drastically when you smile. This will allow your antibodies (the cells that fight germs) to increase, which will boost your immune system! A healthy immune system means that you’ll feel better and get sick less.
Smiling makes you happier: A research study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation showed that smiling, whether you feel like it or not, will improve your mood. When you smile, endorphins (the hormone that makes you feel happy) flood your brain, boosting your mood dramatically. This is just another reason to “fake it ‘til you make it!”
Smiling will lessen your pain: Laughter and smiles have been shown to reduce pain. The endorphins that make you happier actually act as natural painkillers. Happier people have a higher pain tolerance!
Smiling lowers blood pressure: When you smile, your blood pressure lowers and more oxygen and nutrients flow through your body. Over time, if you smile enough, your blood pressure will naturally decrease.
Smiling acts as a stress reducer: We all know that stress can have a profoundly negative effect on your overall health. Stress is the source of many painful and irritating illnesses, and these illnesses only increases the stress we feel! It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s one that can be managed by smiling more. Smiling drastically reduces the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body and will also give you a burst of energy!
Smiling can make you live longer: Happier people have been found to live up to seven years longer than people who don’t smile as often. This is probably due to the many health benefits we’ve listed above!
Unfortunately, having crooked teeth or an uneven smile can sometimes make you want to avoid smiling at all costs. Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we can give you a smile you can be proud of and you can start to reap the health benefits that smiling can offer! Please contact our orthodontic office located in Colorado Springs, CO, in order to set up an appointment.