Your Smile Can Improve Your Self-Confidence – Here’s How
Did you know that it takes 113 muscles to frown, but only 12 to smile? We often underestimate the power of smiling, but giving and receiving smiles makes us feel happier, improves our self-esteem, and boosts the spirits of those around us. Smiling is a simple way to feel better about ourselves and pass that confidence along to others.
Smiling Improves Your Mood
The act of smiling releases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, elevating your mood and creating an inner sense of well-being. In fact, smiling has been shown to induce more pleasure in the brain than chocolate! (It’s hard to believe, we know!) And when your mood is elevated, you automatically feel and act more personably toward others, exuding a positive attitude.
Even forced smiling can boost your mood. Making the choice to smile can create a more positive experience both for yourself and for those around you. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
A Smile Makes You More Approachable
Smiling radiates confidence. It signals friendliness and makes others more comfortable around you. When you smile, you are automatically seen as being more sociable, courteous, trustworthy, and even more competent than when you frown. This encourages positive interactions, making others more likely to want to converse with you. People who are inclined to display genuine happiness are more likely to have better relationships with others. Offering someone a genuine smile is the simplest way to express acceptance, affection, and openness.
Smiling Makes You Appear Younger
The way we perceive our appearance can often affect our self-confidence. Did you know that, to most people, a smiling face appears younger than it is? A study done at the University of Missouri-Kansas City found that college students perceived older people who were smiling as looking younger than their age. Alternatively, those who were frowning appeared older. So rather than spending thousands of dollars on a facelift to look younger, try putting on a smile!
Smiling is Contagious
We’ve all heard — and likely experienced — the idea that smiling is contagious. In reality, all of our facial expressions are contagious. According to a paper published in the Trends in Cognitive Sciences journal, we tend to mimic the facial expressions of others to better understand what they are feeling, which then allows us to respond to them appropriately. What’s more, when we mimic someone else’s facial expression, we actually create that same emotional state in ourselves. So when someone else “catches” your smile, you are passing on your feelings of happiness and joy.
“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”
– Mother Theresa
All of these things combine to give us a boost of self-confidence: When we are happy with our appearance, feel well-liked by others, and are able to help others feel better about themselves, our self-esteem improves. All of this from simply smiling!
Improve Your Smile
If you are afraid to show your smile because you don’t like how it looks, not only can that decrease your self-confidence, but the world misses out on your smile! Maintaining your oral health through good hygiene and regular dental cleanings is an important part of keeping your teeth looking their best, but sometimes more help is needed. Orthodontic treatments like retainers and braces can straighten crooked teeth, improve your overall oral health, and give you a smile you can be proud of.
Falls Orthodontics offers an array of orthodontic treatments that can enhance your smile and give you the confidence you need to share that smile with the world. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your treatment options. And don’t forget to smile!