5 More Reasons to Smile: Fun Facts About Your Big Grin
A smile can light up a room, make strangers instantly feel at ease, or defuse tension when things aren’t going as planned. And a smile is fabulous for showing off those pearly whites.
More importantly, smiling and laughing can be good for your health! Need more reasons to smile? Check out these fun facts:
- Smiling boosts your immune system– Stave off the common cold by smiling! It helps decrease your stress levels and boost immunity by increasing your white blood cell count and releasing antibodies to fight off infection.
- Smiling is contagious– Try being around someone who smiles all the time, and you’ll be hard pressed not to start smiling yourself. Research(https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97848789?storyId=97848789) suggests that when one person is happy, a nearby friend has a 25 percent higher chance of also becoming happy. Try it out for yourself!
- Smiling is a universal sign of happiness– Wherever you are in the world, a smile is instantly recognizable as a symbol of happiness, and people can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away.
- Babies are born with the ability to smile– Although babies learn a lot by observing the world around them, one thing scientists have observed is babies’ innate ability to smile. Social smiles develop closer to two months of age, but automatic reflex smiles are present at birth and have even been seen in utero via ultrasounds.
- Smiling is the great stress reliever– Not only does it boost your endorphins to enhance your coping ability in stressful situations, smiling can also trick your brain into feeling happier and more relaxed.
So keep your all-important smile in check with regular visits to the dentist. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.