If you were to ask one hundred people what happiness meant to them, they would all have reasonably different answers. Individual to each, what makes you happy is personal and specific to you. But one thing that everybody has in common when they’re happy - they smile. What some may not realize is that smiling works both ways, it also makes you happy.
Some of the first things to be noticed on a person are their eyes and their smile. Just as there are ways to enhance your eyes, there are also ways to embrace your smile (and not just a red lippy!). Unfortunately, however, not everyone is confident and happy with their grin. Smiling has a whole host of benefits - physically and emotionally. Here are a few tips to encourage you to smile more.
Smiling makes you confident.
Many people are unhappy with their smile due to the appearance of their teeth. It may be the color, the shape or the position of your teeth that you’re not happy with, which dims confidence and prevents you from smiling. The shame in this is that smiling can make you more self-assured. Giving a big smile when you may be feeling a little nervous gives off the impression that you are in fact confident. The attention gained because of your apparent confidence, actually gives you confidence! It sounds bizarre, but pretending to feel a certain way rubs off after a while. If this doesn’t convince you enough and you still want to tweak their teeth, there is a range of cosmetic dentistry options out there to help put the smile back on your face.
Smiling makes you attractive.
Following on from above, and what may seem obvious, smiling makes you more attractive. Regardless of what you think your smile looks like, the act of smiling in itself will make you more pleasing to the eye. There are many reasons why this is the case, not least that you will be much more approachable if you have a gleaming smile on your face! Smiling gives off a pleasant first impression and lets your good qualities shine through. Smiles give off warmth, gentleness, and affection - all very loving traits. Keep your teeth looking lovely and feeling clean with a good oral hygiene routine. Brush morning and night, floss daily and use a good mouthwash to keep your smile healthy.
Smiling makes you happy!
As previously mentioned, smiling actually makes you happier. It doesn’t matter what the situation may be if you smile, your mood will lift. This stands even if you do not necessarily ‘feel’ like smiling. A fake smile will trick the brain into releasing endorphins, making you feel cheerier almost instantly. And smiling is contagious, so not only are you making yourself feel happier, but you’re making the people around you feel happier too. Their smiles will spread to others around them and so on, until there is an unknown number of people smiling to themselves and others, simply because of you. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it? A free and easy way to make you feel good about yourself, and maybe even make someone’s day.
All in all, smile more!