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How Smiling Influences Your Life

Smiling requires the use of 17 muscles, comparably less than the 43 muscles it takes to frown.

Over 30 percent of people smile more than 20 times a day. However, less than 14 percent of individuals smile less than five times a day. On the other hand, children smile as much as 400 times a day.

Smiling is natural and traces over 30 million years of evolution.

Contrary to popular belief that it takes few weeks for a baby to flash a smile, 3D ultrasound images of developing babies show them smiling in the womb of the mother.

A smile tops the list of things people first notice when meeting someone new. Smiling individuals appear more likable, courteous, and competent.

Smiling exceeds language barrier considering it is the universal sign of happiness.

According to American psychologist Paul Ekman, smiles are cross-cultural and evoke the same meaning in different societies. Ekman made this claim based on his studies in Papua New Guinea where members of the Fore tribe attributed smiles to descriptions of situations similar to us. The Fore people live in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and are disconnected from Western culture.

A smile ranked second most attractive attribute by men and women after personality.

In one of his TED talks, speaker and writer Ron Gutman said that smiling has “untapped powers.” He claims that smiles can significantly improve lives, which is interestingly backed by studies and research.

Gutman cited a study by psychological scientists LeeAnne Harker and Dacher Keltner of the University of California Berkeley on how smiles can be windows into a person’s core disposition.

Harker and Keltner analyzed college yearbook photos of women using Facial Coding System (FACs) and matched them with personality data collected during a 30-year longitudinal study. The findings of the study revealed that the widest smilers had greater levels of marital satisfaction and general well-being by the age of 52.

In a 2010 Wayne State University research project, baseball card photos of Major League player in 1952 were examined. These photos would reval that a player’s smile can predict the span of his life. According to the project, unsmiling players lived an average of 72.9 years. However, beaming players had an average lifespan of 79.9 years.

This finding may not anymore be surprising as smiling has been proven to lengthen one’s lifespan due to its health benefits. Smiling can activate the release of neuropeptides, which are small molecules neurons use to communicate with each other. Neuropeptides influence the activity of the brain and body. Because of the activation of these small molecules, stress reduces as a result.

A smile also releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. These help relax the body and lower blood pressure. Endorphins are a natural pain reliever while serotonin serves as anti-depressant or mood lifter.

Researchers from Britain found that smiling stimulates the reward mechanisms of the brain more than chocolate and money. According to the study, a smile gives the same level of brain stimulation as that of 2,000 chocolate bars and 16,000 pounds of sterling in cash.

Gutman encourages people to smile and tap the superpower of smiling to help yourself and others live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Smiling On The Phone: Can People Really Tell?

Smiling is the purest expression of bliss.

Smiling has the ability to boost one’s immune system, regulate blood pressure, prolong our lifespan, and reduce the risk of certain cancers. It also provides us with contentment and peace of mind.

What’s delighting about smiling is that it doesn’t cost a thing. But sadly, an average adult only does it approximately 20 times a day.

Perhaps many of us wonder if a big smile can make a sound when we are on the phone. Surprisingly, according to some studies, it actually does. It may be unseen when one smiles over the phone. However, smiles are absolutely heard.

In truth, when a person is talking to a prospect over the phone, the other person is unintentionally attentive for hints to our agenda, state of mind, motives, and even intentions. Aside from the words we utter, there are also other approaches by which the listener picks out valuable information to decipher what they think we actually mean.

Listeners over the phone interpret the talker through their: 

  • Choice of vocabulary
  • Tone of voice (demeanor)
  • Rhythmic variations in sentence structure
  • Volume of speech
  • Breaths: how often and how long
  • Speed at which they speak
  • Clues to their mood
  • Differences in inflection

It is truly possible for us to determine with precision whether the person we talk to is frowning, smiling, emotionless, or smirking by simply listening. An article by Discovery revealed that people can actually distinguish vocal intonation, not merely between non-smile and smile, but also among various forms of a smile.

Additionally, how a person speaks can be affected by smile to the point that listeners can tell the kind of smile based on sound alone. Due to the reality that almost eighty-four percent of indicators over the phone go to the person’s tone of voice, it is fundamental to have a smiling tone.

Most people are aware of the fact that a smile can say so much more than words. Needless to say, behind a smile usually lies likable traits such as positivity, kindness, and confidence. Truly, it is not a stroke of luck that people are attracted to such traits.

People who have healthy teeth have a lot of reasons to smile over the course of a day. Apart from the many benefits of smiling, it can also alter the blood flow to the brain, and as a consequence, a person becomes happier.

It is also worthy to note that a smile can promote social acceptability and trust. So, always wear a smile to improve your social circle. Of course, you should not forget to smile when you talk to someone over the phone as well.

Better health, optimism, and confidence are all included on the long list of perks which a person can obtain through investing in a smile. If you have problems with the aesthetics of your teeth, then it is high time to see your dentist. Your dentist can help you possess a beautiful smile in no time through various procedures and/or treatments.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

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