The smile is is the “the symbol that was rated with the highest positive emotional content” concludes scientist Andrew Newberg. And for me personally, I’ve been very reluctant before embracing smiling. Only a few years back, when one of my teachers told me: “Why don’t you smile more? Go learn how to do it!, Let’s do this together.
I had a brief moment of disbelief that anyone can learn how to smile better. And yet, since then, for many years, I practiced smiling in the mirror and on many other occasions. That’s a fact I’ve often been a little embarrassed to admit, yet the research of this post confirms how powerful practicing a bit of smiling can be.
After recently discussing and digging into the facts of smiling was one of the most mentioned suggestions. So here we go:
The science of smiling: What happens to our brain when we smile
Let’s say you experience a positive situation and you see a friend you haven’t met in a long time. This means that neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face.
Sounds simple enough right?
And yet, that’s only where it starts. Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy. To put more succinctly:
“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”
Smile is a wonderful ornament it is also paramount of importance to ensure the beauty of a smile with well managed oral habits. Your smile is a reflection of your holistic self from within, a sense of confidence, a sense of warmth and trust to others. Maintaining good oral habits and periodic dental consultation certainly helps us to maintain our precious smiles. Remember, your oral care is a direct reflection of your overall care.