What Does Your Smile Say About You?
Written by Ellen Hoffman
“Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear, to hide every pain.”
– Will Smith
The smile has been called the ‘window to the soul’. In fact, your smile tells much more to the world than you think. Smiling is one of the first expressions that we learn in infancy and it is the expression that we carry throughout our lives as a sign of joy, a friendly introduction, a reflection of inner peace, a display of confidence or even an outward reflection of our innermost emotion. Your smile is your beautiful display to the world.
Did you know that there are 19 types of smiles? Our faces display an array of smiles throughout the day that each tell the story of our daily interactions. Your smile expresses happiness, sadness, laughter, impassiveness, nervousness, flirtatiousness, attentiveness, fear, bemusement, wonder and sentiment.
A genuine smile actually only lasts a few seconds- but this doesn’t mean that your joy only lasts that long. A genuine smile exudes expression in both the mouth and the eyes. Simply put; the corners of the mouth turn up in a smile, the cheeks raise and meet the corners of the eyes. This happens when people are their happiest.
Smiling can brighten your mood more than expected, even if you have to fake it. Scientifically, smiling releases endorphins in the brain that boost your mood and can actually help you feel happier. With so many reasons to smile, challenge yourself to smile more every day.
A smile can also enhance your confidence and even better, a smile is one of the first qualities that people notice about you. Smiles are the universal sign of happiness, a positive symbol that is understood across the world, regardless of language.
Smiling is good for your health, too! It has been found to boost the immune system because it relaxes the body and lowers the heart rate. You can also smile away stress, the endorphins released when you smile help calm the body and mind. Next time you feel under pressure, take a deep breath and put on your best smile.
The best part about your smile is that it’s yours and it’s how you reflect your reactions to the world around. To continue to smile confidently, it’s important to properly care for the parts that make your smile possible. Brushing and flossing teeth twice daily is a large component of ensuring a vibrant, healthy smile. There are so many beautiful reasons to smile find yours at givingsmiles.com.