No matter the language we speak, a smile is a universal symbol of joy and dependability in regards to non-verbal interaction.

A research study carried out in 2005 claims that you might almost say that getting a genuine smile from somebody is more beneficial than receiving cash. Psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who evaluated these findings, reported: “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.”

Furthermore, a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and endorphins is released during smiling, giving them the power to reduce stress. An honest smile additionally shows confidence, sincerity, and friendliness. This is probably why employers are most likely to hire those who show bright, honest smiles during the interview process than those who had insincere smiles.

But how do you know if a smile is truthful or not? The majority of people can naturally sense this distinction when we’re interacting with others. When someone forces a smile, there often is noticeable tension around the mouth and it normally fails to reach their eyes. A genuine smile is called a Duchenne smile. This is when the mouth’s corners lift, moving our cheeks upwards and causing crow’s feet to form at the corners of our eyes.

This is pretty interesting, don’t you think? Something as simple as a smile can be responsible for a lot of positive impact on a person’s life. For some people, however, smiling might be difficult. Some people may be more guarded in regards to showing their smiles, such as those who struggle with dental complications, like missing teeth, tooth decay, or related problems. Because of this, these people run the risk of being misconstrued as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent regardless of how they really are.

Dr. Gradeless and his team are looking forward to helping you maintain your best, brightest smile! Visit our website to schedule your next appointment.