Smiling is one of the most powerful communication tools, and has instant benefits in many situations from relationships, to business, to areas of conflict. So much so that a well-timed, genuine smile can ultimately gain friends and pacify enemies. One of the great things about a smile, is that even when you don’t feel like smiling, give it a try, because the feel good endorphins released will make you feel happy, and then, tadaaa, your smile is genuine!
FACT – Smiling makes it easier to create relationships
First impressions count in business, and being greeted with a happy, welcoming smile can often be the make or break of a meeting. Unsurprisingly, people prefer working with cheerful people who have a positive outlook on life. Not only does it make the working environment a much more pleasant place to be, it also opens up a more relaxed forum for ideas and suggestions to be raised and realised. In the workplace, a sincere, happy smile also conveys:
In social situations and romance
On the telephone
A tried and tested sales technique is to smile before picking up the telephone. The person on the other end of the phone will pick up on the positivity in your voice and will immediately be more receptive to what you have to say.
The health benefits of smiling
When you smile the left frontal cortex of the brain (where happiness is registered) is stimulated, triggering a surge of feel good neurotransmitters, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin to be naturally released into the body. These particular neurotransmitters contain mood lifting properties which are great for enhancing the mood and counteracting stress.
Surprisingly enough, a big cheesy grin can also work as a natural pain reliever, due to the endorphins that are naturally released when you smile.
Can't turn that frown upside down
1. Take your Oral Health Care routine a step further
Don’t just stop at brushing alone, especially when there are some great devices on the market that can enhance the whiteness of your teeth. For example, the Rapid White Pro Clean and Polish system has been proven by laboratory studies (Extrinsic stain removal, 2015) to achieve visibly whiter teeth in just one use.
2. There is nothing worse than dry chapped lips for attracting negative attention to the mouth. The following advice will help keep lips in tip top condition:
- Regularly apply a lip salve or balm to keep lips hydrated, especially in cold weather.
- Remember to apply sun screen to lips, the skin is extremely delicate and can easily burn.
- Gently buff away dry skin with a soft toothbrush or flannel, being careful not to tear at any loose skin.
- Avoid matte lipsticks if you have dry lips, as the formula will highlight any imperfections.
3. Get Fresh Breath Confident
Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem, and it can often be a contributing factor as to why some people are reluctant to open up into a beaming smile. Getting into a thorough oral care routine morning and night (including using a fluoride mouth wash, tongue scraping and flossing) can make a big difference to the freshness of your breath. It is also worth getting into the habit of regularly replacing your toothbrush, especially after illness.
Certain foods and drinks can cause bad breath, so it is a good idea to keep a food diary to see if any particular foods are triggering the odour.
4. Exercise that Smile
Exercising the facial muscles is a great way to improve skin tone and elasticity, with the added benefit of perfecting your smile. Just as you would exercise the other muscles in your body to tone them up, the same goes for the muscles in the face. Strengthening the facial muscles improves tone and increases blood flow, which can result in a younger looking, healthier smile. Try out these facial exercises to give your smile the full work out.
To find out more about what your smile says about you, take a look at this article.
If the above measures aren’t helping, have a chat with your dentist to check that there isn’t an underlying problem that is causing the odour.