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The holiday season has arrived! This time of year may bring you excitement and joy, stress, or a strange combination of these emotions. Everyone has that one relative–you know, the one that can make family gatherings awkward, uncomfortable, or even stressful at times. Have you ever heard the phrase “fake it til you make it”? It may come as a surprise, but with smiling, this phrase can come in handy when it comes to smiling.

Your Smile’s Effect on Emotions
I’m sure you’re aware that when you’re happy, you smile–but did you know that the opposite can also be true? Different studies have been performed that show that smiling can help people feel happier and relieve stress. For smiling to have much of an impact on your mood, however, it needs to be a true smile. For a smile to be a true smile, it should reach the eyes.

The Effect of Smiling on the Brain
When you smile, the brain releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. These molecules fight off stress and transmit happy emotions to the body. Studies have also shown that when the facial expressions change, the temperature of the blood flowing to the brain is affected. When you are smiling, your blood has a lower temperature. A cooler brain creates positive emotions.

How Smiling Affects Your Health
The endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin that are released when you smile don’t only affect your mood–they affect your body as well. In addition to relaxing you emotionally, these muscles relax your muscles. They also lower your heart rate and your blood pressure.

Here at I Smile Mathis Ferry Dentistry, we are proud to give you something to smile about! Call our office at 843-884-1215 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC, Dr. Haefner.