No matter the language we speak, a smile is a universal sign of happiness and reliability in terms of non-verbal interaction.
According to a study performed in 2005, one might almost say that getting a real, genuine smile from a person is more beneficial than getting cash. In the words of psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who analyzed these findings: "The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a 'halo' effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated."
Also, smiling has the power to decrease stress by releasing a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and endorphins. Smiles additionally convey friendliness, sincerity, and confidence. This is the reason why employers are more likely to employ those who show real, honest smiles during the interview process then potential employees who force smiles.
But how can we tell if a smile is truthful? Most of us can naturally sense the difference when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it usually does not reach their eyes and there is tension in the mouth muscles. When a person smiles in a genuine way, it's called a Duchenne smile. A Duchenne smile is when our cheeks are moved up by the lifting of the mouth's corners, forming crow's feet at the corners of our eyes.
This is all fairly fascinating; something as rudimentary as a smile can be responsible for a meaningful impact on a person's life. For some people, however, smiling may be hard to do. Some people may be more guarded in regards to showing their smiles, such as those who are suffering from dental complications, like missing teeth, tooth decay, or similar problems. For this reason, they are at risk of being perceived as unapproachable, mean, and incompetent even when they're not.
If you haven’t visited Dr. Mills lately, feel free to schedule an appointment with him today so that you can make sure your smile and looking and feeling the best!