5 Scientific Reasons to Smile
At Boka, we maintain that when your mouth feels clean and healthy, you’re more likely to show off those pearly whites. And when you show off your pearly whites, you’ll feel even better than you did before.
Turns out, it’s true. Smiling has a number of wonderful effects on us. Below are our favorite five.
- Smiling makes you feel good. Smiling activates the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, which relax your body and lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
- The bigger you smile, the longer you live. In a study of 230 baseball players, the ones with the largest grins in their headshots lived almost two years longer than the typical American. The non-smiley players lived almost two years less than average.
- Smiling retrains your brain. Smiling over and over can rewire your brain to make positive patterns more often than negative ones, even though our brains may naturally think negatively (learn more on negative bias here). So, the more you smile, the more positive you feel.
- Even a fake smile has real results. Try holding a pencil or a chopstick in your teeth and performing a difficult task. Do you find it a little easier or more fun? Researchers have found that activating the smile muscles results in reduced stress and a lower heart rate, whether or not the smile is on purpose.
- Smiling is attractive. When viewing a smiling face, the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain is stimulated, which is the region of the brain that processes sensory rewards. So when you view another person smiling, you feel rewarded, and vice versa.
The takeaway? Take good care of your teeth and gums. Not only will you be contributing to the overall health of your body by preventing things like strokes and heart disease, you’ll be equipped to share your best and brightest smiles.