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Why Your Smiles Impacts Your Confidence

Why Our Smiles have a Substantial Effect on our Confidence
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

We’ve all heard the rumor. By simply smiling, we can trick the brain into feeling happy. Although creating happiness isn’t always that simple, it’s true that the facial muscles we use to smile send endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin to the brain.

These hormones trick us into feeling happy, relaxed and also reduce our heart rate. That’s how powerful a single smile is!

When we don’t feel able to use our smiles as much as we’d like, our confidence can be seriously affected. Here’s why our smile is important and how smiling more will improve your confidence.

Are you on the lookout for a cosmetic dentist to help you improve your smile?  One  London dentist, Smile Cliniq, offers many dental services that will help you to craft the perfect smile.

A smile symbolises confidence

The key to being confident is acting confident. When you portray this sense of faith in yourself, others will feel the same confidence in you too. When we smile, it tells the people around us we are happy and confident in whatever we are doing. This works in job interviews, when meeting new people and in everyday life.

In fact, a 2005 study conducted by Penn State University found that smiling at work made employees more favored by their bosses. Although the evidence couldn’t be used to prove that this favor could get you promoted, the study hinted that a smile would help employees climb the corporate ladder.

What happens when we don’t smile?

If smiling has such a positive impact on the way that other people view us; what impact does not smiling have?

A smile is so ingrained in human nature, it is the first facial expression we make as babies. Chances are, if you rarely smile, you have regularly been told to ‘cheer up’ or have been asked if something is wrong. This may seem obvious, but when we don’t smile; we look unhappy.

The negative connotations of a resting sad face don’t end with unhappiness, though. When we don’t smile, we don’t appear confident, we don’t appear approachable and we certainly don’t make a good first impression meeting new people.  

If your smile is holding you back, it might be time to visit your dentist to look at practical ways you can improve the confidence you have in your smile.

What makes the perfect smile?

You don’t need ‘perfect’ teeth to have confidence in your smile. Often, one simple change can make a significant difference in how your mouth looks. Take a look at your teeth and think about how they  could be improved.

It is likely you’ll find stain removal, whitening, crowns or alignment will make a huge difference.

Oral health isn’t all about the physical side of health; it’s about our mental health too. Our smiles have a significant impact on everyday life. Make a concentrated effort to smile more and reap the benefits every time you leave the house.

Photo by Kal Visuals on Unsplash

About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
She's happily married and a mother of 5-year-old twins.

She's tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 38, it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving in to the unhealthy fads we see daily.

She’s all-natural with naturally blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 38-60+, an Aunt, Great Aunt, and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

She created CJS Identity Properties. AKA, having no business background and at the age of 25.

She's a certified holistic life, mindset, nutrition, and fitness Coach.

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