All people are born with the ability to smile. By the time they’re two month’s old, babies are able to identify people and smile at them. A smile can convey several different emotions, such as gratitude, happiness, friendship, and excitement. However, there is so much more to a person’s smile than expressing their emotional state. After many scientific and psychological research studies, it has been proven that an individual’s smile affects their overall happiness and health.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND SMILING
A smile does a lot more than you may realise. The act of smiling initiates neural messaging in the brain, and when a person grins, the neurotransmitters that make you feel good delivered. These neurotransmitters are dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin. In the world of chemistry, dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone that keeps a person excited and appreciating life. Endorphins are released during physical exercises and allow a person to overcome the pain and stress associated with the action. Serotonin is what makes an individual feel valuable, and lastly, oxytocin will enable people to build powerful bonds, trust, and relationships with other people. All of these neurotransmitters are essential ingredients for a person to feel joy and happiness in themselves, their lives, and the people around them. Just by smiling, you can raise the levels of these elements so that you can become healthier and happier.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SMILING
Increases longevity of life
Strengthens immune function
Lowers blood pressure
Provides pain relief
PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF SMILING
Reduces anxiety and depression
CORRECTING A LESS-THAN-PERFECT SMILE
Many people feel like they cannot smile because of missing, broken, crooked, and discoloured teeth, or even because of bad breath. Having a discoloured, misaligned smile can rob you of your self-confidence, self-esteem, and the many other health benefits that smiling can provide. Dr Serfontein understands this, and with his help, you can enjoy the benefits of good health and happiness for years and years.