Posted by: tk729 | October 29, 2010

Smiling: The Natural Drug


This post has a lot to do with why I want to be a dentist in the future.  I can’t express enough the impact a smile can have on people’s self-esteem and their outlook on life.  Think about the people you like to be with.  Are they usually smiling or carrying a grimace on their face?

Smiling isn’t necessarily a way to show off your teeth, but expressing yourself that you are in a good mood, which will make any human interaction a more pleasant experience.  Don’t have something to smile about? Here is an article on the little things that can make you smile.  The article below talks about the health benefits of a smile.  By the way, smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin.  Together they make us feel good, which is why smiling is one natural drug that you can have no reservations of having.

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1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

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Responses

  1. I love smiling!! Thank you for posting about all the benefits of a smile. I try to tell people how important it is to smile so now I have more tips that I can give them.

  2. I learned a fun fact when I worked at a call center: even when people can’t see you, they can “hear” if you are smiling. And it makes all the difference. Smiles certainly are contagious.

  3. Thanks for the tips about smiling. It is such a little thing that can change and do so much. I wonder…is there the same type of information about the benefits of laughter? It would be interesting to see.

  4. I am in total agreement with the facts about smiling. And it is also said that smiling is good medicine for the heart. I love smiling.

  5. One of the things I notice in people first is their smile. It’s a contagious thing too. I can’t help but smile back when I’m smiled at.

  6. I had horrible teeth growing up and I absolutely hated my smile for the longest time. In any school pictures from about 4th grade to my junior year of high school I never had a big smile because I was always self-conscious of my teeth. Since I have had my teeth fixed, with the help of veneers and a bridge, I am now constantly smiling. I would suggest getting teeth fixed sooner rather than later for your kids. This is what I plan to do so my kids don’t have to experience the lack of self-confidence because of their teeth! 🙂

  7. Yes — smiling is, in fact, attractive. The only person I think girls have ever found attractive that always acted sullen is Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. At any rate, however, I found this hysterical scientific article today that talks about that very subject. Read about it here:

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0D-475RDJY-2&_user=456938&_coverDate=12%2F31%2F2003&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1526436620&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000021830&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=456938&md5=dd58b8dd9b9fd25c435b3dac640573dd&searchtype=a

  8. I didn’t know that smiling could actually relieve stress and change your blood pressure. Does laughing add any extra benefits?

    • Ooh! I want to know the answer to this, too. What’s the story on laughing?

  9. It is nice to see some real facts about the benefits of smiling. The more I try to be in a better mood the better know I feel. To quote Buddy the Elf, “I love smiling, smiling’s my favorite”

  10. I really like this post on smiling… this is cheesy but it made me want to start smiling more so that I can get its benefits!!

  11. Smiling is a great thing. I absolutely think people should smile more and they will see the result that they are happier.

  12. My husband has the biggest smile that just lights up everything around him. It definitely attracted me to him!

  13. The more I read this article, the more I smiled while reading it! I also sent the link to my family so they could smile too.

    I love all the reasons you gave us to smile, not only does it encourage healthy living (like relieving stress and blood pressure) but its just good practice!

  14. When I was in Korea, I didn’t not laugh or smile because people told me that it is not appropriate to laugh or smile at anytime. Since I came to U.S, I started to smile a lot of times and it makes me so happy everyday! When I was in Korea this April, my friends and people around me told me that I smile too much. But, it’s good for health as I read your blog. I think I need to tell people in Korea to smile a lot!

  15. I love smiling and i always tell people to smile. I’ve never known of the health benefits of smiling! that was interesting

  16. This is a great post. I love the facts about smiling and how it can change a persons mood and lifestyle.

  17. When I am in a bad mood and feeling sorry for myself, the minute I smile I feel better. Laughing also helps tremendously.

  18. I love to smile and I truly believe in the health benefits of smiling. Everyday I try to smile, because it makes me feel good and I know that it impacts positively other people’s life.

  19. I love smiling too, but I have to admit that I don’t always smile. It doesn’t mean I’m unhappy, I just don’t always do it. I should smile more though, especially since it has such great health benefits.

  20. This is great. Its always a good reminder to smile–especially this time in the school year. Also, its great to see smiling has health benefits!

  21. There have been sooo many times in my life when a bad day is turned to a great one because of a smile. There is lots of truth behind the benefits of smiling. I will also have to be sure to remember that if I smile I will be more attractive. haha Thanks for this post.

  22. I agree that smiling can be so good for one, and for other around you! I love the reasons why you should smile, they are all true.

  23. Thank you for writing this article. It is pretty neat to see how simple things like smiling and finding the joy in life can relieve stress and improve health. I truly believe that “Men are that they might have joy” and this post is just another evidence of that truth.

  24. Its so true I always find myself being attracted to women who smile. Those that don’t smile seem unapproachable and unhappy. I usually try to smile just because I know it will raise my self esteem and it works!


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