There’s so much more to smiling than just the aesthetics. Smiling can improve your mood, improve the mood of those around you, make you look more attractive, help you make more money, and more!
Here’s a list of top things that your smile can reveal about you:
1. A large smile says that you are accepting of others.
2. For women, smiles can reveal signs about their fertility.
Women with gum disease take an average of two months longer to conceive than women without, according to research published in 2009 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
3. Smiling More in Adolescence is Linked to Higher Incomes.
A teenager’s grin can predict how much cash he or she will rake in as an adult. According to a study published in 2012 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happy teens earned 10 percent more income than average at age 29, while gloomy adolescents earned 30 percent less than average at that age.
4. Smiling at Work Makes you Seem More Competent.
A study that followed a group of women for 30 years has shown the lifetime benefits of smiling. The women who displayed genuinely happy smiles in their college yearbook photos went on to have happier marriages and greater well-being.
In the same same study, a group of strangers looked at the college photos and reported their assumptions about women’s personalities. The women who smiled were judged to be more positive and competent than those who didn’t.
5. Smiling Makes Those Around you Feel Good.
Research has shown that seeing another person smile activates the region of the brain that processes sensory rewards, known as the orbitofrontal cortex, meaning it makes people feel pleasure when someone smiles at them.
6. Smiling Makes Seem You More Attractive.
In 2011, researchers at the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland found that both men and women were more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled than those who did not. They also found that people who smiled more were seen as more reliable and relaxed.
7. Smiling Makes you Feel Happier.
When you smile, the “happy” neurotransmitters in your brain are released – endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are a natural painkiller and serotonin is a naturally-occurring anti-depressant. Not only do they relax your body and lift your mood, they decrease heart rate and blood pressure too.
Not smiling as much as you’d like?
People that are embarrassed about their smile or their teeth, tend to smile less or smile with their mouth closed. This can make you seem less friendly and unapproachable.
A confident and genuine smile is an asset, one that will help you close deals, mediate a tense discussion, make friends, even snag that new job you’re interviewing for.
If you don’t like your smile, come in for a free consultation and find out how we can help.
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