Be honest - how often do you smile? As in, really smile - not just a shy upturn of the corners of your mouth, but a full-on beaming flash of pearl white.
Well, if you are self-conscious or embarrassed about smiling in front of others, it could be impacting your life in more ways than one. Interestingly, research suggests that people who smile often enjoy some impressive physical and psychological benefits - and there are social benefits, too.
Let’s take a look a why smiling could improve your life in many different ways.
Boost your mood
First and foremost, life can be pretty grim if you are in a constant state of unhappiness. But the solution could be a lot more simple than you might think - just smile more! Smiling makes you move the muscles around your mouth, and has a physiological impact on your mind. Basically, smiling tells your brain you are having a good time, and that it should start releasing mood-enhancing endorphins. The result is that you boost your mood, feel more confident, and find it easier to meet life’s challenges head-on.
Improves your looks
Like it or not, physical appearance plays a huge role in your success. And a white, straight, beautiful set of teeth often forms the basis of a confident and attractive smile, which helps you look a lot younger than you really are. If you visit Docvlee.com or head to your local dental center, you’ll find there is literally a fix for any problem that might be affecting your ability to smile. Whether it’s yellow stains or crooked, broken teeth, a simple fix could end up changing your life.
Makes other people happy
If you can make other people feel happy and welcome, you will often do well in life, both in career and personally. Don’t forget, smiling is contagious. It enables you to make deep connections with those around you, and you will also prompt others to join in. And it’s also interesting that the vast majority of people can tell a fake smile from a real one.
Sets people at ease
Once you start smiling, it can be incredibly disarming. An honest and genuine smile can halt conflict at a moment’s notice. It can encourage conversation, and make others feel comfortable around you. In short, if you want to build good relationships, be more approachable, and also be a trusted employee/partner/boss - a great smile could be the start of it all.
Of course, none of these ideas will matter a jot if you don’t like yourself. White teeth won’t help a permanently black mood. But as BrianTracy.com point out, the good news is that smiling can actually help you gain acceptance from groups and individuals, which ultimately results in boosting your self-esteem.
As everyone knows, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. But beyond a brief facial workout, there are huge payoffs for your life if you are prepared to try smiling a little more. Give it a try - what have you got to lose?
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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