What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone new? According to research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry, 40 percent of people “notice a smile first” when they meet a coworker. What’s more, 96 percent of respondents believe “a smile is important to a person’s appearance.”
H2 The Benefits of Smiling
Smiling will benefit you both personally and professionally. It makes you more popular and more attractive. It can also improve your health and it can even positively alter the way your brain works.
When you smile, you’re telling people that you’re friendly and approachable. This makes people want to be around you. Smiling is tremendously beneficial if you have a job where you come into contact with a lot of people.
A study conducted by Penn State University demonstrates how smiling is crucial for promoting good customer relations. That’s because “smiles shared by employees in the service industry influenced their customers in a positive way.” Working directly with customers can be demanding and difficult. But when customers were surveyed, they rated employees who smiled more often to be “more friendly and likable.”
Smiling doesn’t cost you anything, but it certainly pays dividends. Have you ever noticed how a friendly, smiling person can light up a whole room full of people? Not only that, when you smile, you create a pleasant atmosphere which encourages others to smile. That’s because when you smile at people, “around 50% of them smile back.” Smiling can cause a chain reaction which alters the mood of the people around you.
Even if you’re not in a good mood, smiling causes your brain to release endorphins, which will make you feel better. That’s because endorphins are neurotransmitters which are “responsible for keeping us happy.”
Smiling improves your health in many ways. It can reduce your heart rate and help you relax. This “lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders.” There’s even research which demonstrates that smiling can help “release stress at the cellular level.” By reducing stress and helping your heart, smiling can add years to your life: “People who smile more” live “around 7 years longer.”
Dr. Platt at Lasting Impressions Dental Care in Colorado Springs offers a number of cosmetic services including professional whitening, Lumineers, dental bonding, and dental implants. Call 719-528-6100 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Platt and discover what we can do for your smile.