“Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back”

Did you know that the first photograph was taken in the 1820s and it took nearly 100 years for smiles to become part of standard expression?  One theorized idea is that with the rise of dental health professionalization, so too came the rise of smiles.

Therefore, what makes a smile?  Most will say it’s having perfect teeth or ivory choppers.  But that’s relative.  It’s what works for you.  With all this said, you want to make sure that you have the most beautiful and uniquely YOU smile you can have.  Discuss options with your dental care provider such as: whitening, straightening, and other treatments that you can add to your Oral Health and Oral Fitness™ routine, because if you feel good it will show!

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist author, said "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward centers MORE than chocolate.  In fact, British researchers found that just one smile is able to provide the same level of brain stimulation as 2,000 chocolate bars!  I know you’re now asking… What comprises our reward centers?

  • Dopamine
  • Endorphins
  • Serotonin

These three stooges are responsible for our happiness as well as a natural pain reliever. Is there anything better than chocolate?  YES!   An uplifted mood.  Your scale will thank you!  But is there more to just being happy?

Since a smile creates this uplifted mood, people may begin treating you more positively and when the world reflects joy back at you it creates this neural messaging feedback loop which boosts your self-esteem and confidence.

Although there are numerous variations in smiles, they are still smiles nonetheless.  So, whatever may be behind the smirk you present to the world, merely deciding to smile can provide and result in a positive experience giving you a boost in mood.  Changing behavior by committing the act of smiling can actually change your inner feelings.

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