Smiling and laughing — what about the benefits? Can you put a value on beautiful smiles? While May was National Smile Month, it’s never too late to talk about smiling. The month of May isn’t the only month when you should enjoy laughing and smiling.
One of the best things about having healthy teeth and gums is that you’ll feel more like smiling and laughing and not worry or feel introverted about what your teeth look like.
Smiling and laughing are good for your health, according to Medical Daily.
In an article entitled “Health Benefits of Laughter and Smiling: How Expressing Joy Affects Your Physical, Mental Wellbeing,” the author points out that science supports the idea that laughter really is the best medicine.
What Happens on a Physical Level with Smiling and Laughing?
Laughter makes the brain produce serotonin and endorphins while at the same time reducing stress hormones. Your lungs, muscles, heart and immune system all benefit when you laugh and smile. Serotonin and endorphins are the body’s natural response to kill pain, and by relieving worries and anxiety and replacing them with positivity, you can bolster your happiness in general.
Laughing also burns calories, gives your body movement, tones and conditions the body and keeps the cardio system energized. Yale Scientificstated that smiling makes the brain release dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with long lasting happy feelings.
When you laugh, you can feel your tight muscles relax and tension ease up. Your immune system gets a boost as well.
What Kinds of Things Can Make You Feel Like Laughing and Smiling?
Here are just a few:
- Sending jokes and memes to friend
- Doing an exercise class like Zumba with friends
- Playing with children and experiencing their joy
- Listening to music
- Playing with pets
- Watching funny movies or TV programs
- Looking through yearbooks or photograph albums
- Thinking about everything in life you’re thankful for
- Watching funny videos
Put Your Beautiful Smile to Use!
Hutto Hippo Family Dental can help you have a beautiful smile, and as dentists, you might like to know that we also enjoy laughing and smiling a lot.