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Smiling Facts

It’s a simple fact. A smile does much more than express happiness. We usually think about smiling when trying to give our best appearance for others, job interviews, performances, etc. We also smile when we find something funny, or are about to laugh. In general, we don’t give our smiles much thought, they just happen. We also don’t give our smiles the credit they deserve. There have been numerous research studies on smiling and laughter, and the effects that they have on others and ourselves.

Here are a few facts you may not have been aware of :

1. Smiles Are Contagious. Research has shown that people have trouble frowning or being sad when looking at others who are smiling. We tend to smile unconsciously while watching others smile. A smiling person walks into a room and brings happiness with them. Smile a lot and you will draw people to you.

2. Smiling Can Be A Stress Reliever. Endorphins are released immediately upon smiling. Even a forced smile has the same effect on our bodies. The endorphin release will change your mood allowing stress to be relieved. Stress can really show on our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

3. The Ability to Smile is with us at Birth. many of our behaviors are learned behaviors from our surroundings, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability to smile. Even babies with disabilities are able to smile at birth.

4. Smiling is an Immune System Booster. Smiling has a definite physical effect on our bodies. Smiling causes us to feel more relaxed which in turn equals a healthier, stronger body. Fight the flu and colds with smiles.

5. Smiling is Easier Than Frowning. It is a proven fact that your body has to expend more energy frowning than it does smiling. More muscles are used when frowning than smiling.

6. Women Smile More Than Men. Women smile at a higher percentage than men. They are also known to make better eye contact with people.

7. There are 19 Different Types of Smiles. Researchers have identified 19 distinct types of smiles and placed them into 2 categories: Polite and Sincere smiles. Polite smiles use fewer muscles whereas sincere smiles use more muscles.

8. Smiles are more Attractive than Makeup. Studies show that almost 70% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

9. Smiling can use up to 53 muscles. 

10. Smiling is a Universal Sign of Happiness. While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.

11. It is the first attribute people notice in others. A smile is the first thing someone will notice about you. It sends a message which makes you more likeable, accessible, valued, and more likely to succeed in the work force and in relationships. A smile leaves a lasting impression on others.

Smiling Conclusion

The universal symbol of happiness is a smile. A smile can change the world for you, and all those around you. There are plenty of reasons to smile, usually without thought or planning, but with just a bit of effort, smiling can become a great new habit for you. Remember the positive nature of a smile,  everything looks brighter from behind a smile. Smile….pass it on!!

Laughter generally makes us and those around us feel good. There are plenty of old quotes linking laughter with medicine but the most famous one has to be…

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Laughter Can Be The Best Medicine!

“Laughter Is The Best Medicine”

Everybody loves a good hearty laugh that comes from deep within. Laughing can also be contagious with those around us. In this case contagious is a good thing! Did you know, that laughter actually does have positive effects on our bodies health? The following are some of the positive effects that laughter may have:

1. Relaxation Aid. A good laugh is able to relieve physical and emotional tension/stress while relaxing tense or tired muscles. Research has shown that a good laugh can keep our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

2. Immune System Booster. Laughter has the ability to reduce the levels of stress hormones (cortisol, dopac, epinephrine, and growth hormone) in the body. By lowering these stress hormones, it gives your immune system and antibodies a boost by improving your ability to resist disease and improve our bodies resiliency to diseases. Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of laughter burns almost 50 calories. This physical activity also results in an increase in movement of lymphatic fluids which helps the immune system to more effectively clear cellular waste. Laughter also results in an increase in blood oxygen content and circulation which may help to inhibit the growth of parasites, bacteria, and cancer cells.

3. Well being.  Simply…Laughter makes us feel good. The response by the body to laughter is the release of endorphins. When there is an increased release of endorphins in the body, we are overcome with a sense of joy and well being. Endorphin release has also been shown to reduce and relieve pain for a short time period. Laughter activates the mesolimbic reward pathway in the brain, the same pleasure area of the brain that is utilized by cocaine, other addicting substances, and  rewarding activities.

4. Heart Guard. Laughter causes a response by the body that can dilate blood vessels. These dilated blood vessels will cause an increase in blood flow and allow for improved function of the heart. Anecdotal research shows those who laugh more tend to fare better against heart attacks, cardiovascular (heart) disease, and other heart Laughter Marielaina Perrone DDSissues.

5. Social Benefits. Is there anything better than laughing with friends? Not just a simple chuckle but the type where tears are rolling down our eyes. That type of laugh comes from deep within. Psychologists have shown that people who smile and laugh more attract more friends than those who do not. Laughter can also remove the element of conflict and can strengthen relationships. Studies have shown that  laughter is 30 times more likely to occur if you are with others than when alone.


Laughter has many benefits but there are many people who do not laugh fully because they lack confidence in their smile. It could be due to a smile that is missing teeth, not as white as they may wish, or it could be due to crooked teeth. We should never be ashamed of a good smile or a good laugh especially amongst friends. If you are self confident about your smile, visit your dentist and see if it can be fixed. You deserve to feel more self confident and enjoy the benefits of smiling and laughing.