Self Confidence and your Smile

robert zajoncIt has been scientifically proven that the simple act of smiling changes the physiology of your brain and increases “happy” neurotransmitters. In 1989, a psychologist named Robert Zajonc published a study on the emotional effect of smiling. In his experiment, he had subjects repeat vowel sounds that forced their faces into different expressions. To mimic a smile, they made the long “e” sound that forces the corners of the mouth to stretch outward. He had them make other sounds, like the long “u,” which forces the mouth into a pouty expression. As a result, subjects reported feeling good after making the long “e” sound, and feeling bad after the long “u.”

The reason why Dr. Zajonc’s research is so significant in the field is because he proposes a detailed, physiology-based explanation for the cause-and-effect relationship. According to his hypothesis, the facial changes involved in smiling have direct effects on certain brain activities associated with happiness.

Smiling is a built-in mood stabilizer for us, and so many relationships had their basis in a genuine smile. There’s a big payoff in wearing a smile for both the wearer and the recipient. When you smile at another person, the physical act releases endorphins (nature’s happy drug) in your brain that make you feel happy and raise your self-esteem, and probably does the same for the person you’re smiling at.

There is a big payoff for smiling at people. When you smile at another person, the physical action releases endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are called nature’s “happy drug.” They make you feel happy and raise your self-esteem. When you smile, you feel and act in a more personable way to everyone around you and exude a feeling of positive attitude. The most popular and influential people in most situations are people who genuinely smile at others when they meet them and greet them.
Repairing your teeth can improve overall mental health. If you are experiencing issues with your teeth, first maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and eating healthy foods and vitamins. In some circumstances, you may also want to consider cosmetic dental care, which can include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, orthodontics, dental bonding. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about these procedures and decide together if they are right for you.