Has the Texas snow got you down? Where did this winter come from? The Northeast? Even if you are feeling down, there is an easy and natural way to make yourself feel happy. Smile! If you are hiding your smile because you are dissatisfied with it, you should do something about it because smiling can make you happy. In fact, smiling attracts good things. For instance, smiling makes a person look more and seem more attractive. Smiling also makes a person more approachable and seem more trustworthy. Smiling attracts friends, jobs, and romantic partners, so smile, it can make you happy.
Advantages of Smiling
Research has shown that smiling can reduce stress. The act of smiling triggers the release of feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.
Dopamine: When your dopamine levels are low you may feel disinterested in life, unmotivated, and depressed. Dopamine is released during pleasurable activities, but it is also released when you smile, increasing your feelings of happiness and pleasure.
Serotonin: Serotonin lifts your mood and makes you feel happier. That is why it is an ingredient in many anti-depressants. Research has shown that serotonin is released when you smile making you feel happy.
Endorphins: The effect of endorphins is similar to taking morphine. They act as a pain reliever and sedative and trigger a natural high, all without the fear of addiction.
Embarrassed of Your Smile?
If you are embarrassed of your smile there are ways to remedy that. Ask Dr. Huffstutler about porcelain veneers, bonding and contouring, and tooth whitening. These are non– or minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that can make your smile happy again.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.