Charles Darwin asserted a theory in 1872 that hypothesized that changes in facial expression can actually alter and individual’s emotions. Recent studies have validated this theory that he called facial feedback response theory. This research has proven that facial expressions are not simply a result of emotional experiences, but can also influence them. Smiling has also been proven to slow the heart rate and lower stress levels. These recent studies have solidified the importance of smiling in your personal mood; however, smiling also has a great impact on the way others perceive you, in your personal and professional life.
A recent study has shown that women who smile are seen as more attractive than women who wear makeup by 70% of the population. However, smiling sincerely and frequently can do much more than earn you admiring glances. Someone who arrives in a job interview with a genuine smile on his or her face will be perceived as more sociable, sincere, and trustworthy. The American College of Prosthodontists projects a smile conveys professionalism and confidence. Trends have been uncovered that suggest people who smile are more likely to be offered promotions and approached with business ideas. Smiling contributes to a positive outlook on life in general, which typically makes people more flexible and open to change. This allows people to tackle challenges on the job and at home more successfully. Smiling, whether it’s in response to a funny Internet meme or thinking about something which makes you happy, has also been shown to influence productivity levels. Smiling inevitably boosts your mood, which in turn gets you motivated to work harder on the task at hand. Where stress limits our focus to one concept, smiling widens our attention. This will allow for effective multitasking and more holistic thinking and problem solving.
Smiling is infectious and will make you memorable to your coworkers and superiors. Not only does smiling bolster positive relationships at work, but it can also lead to more meaningful relationships at home. Studies have shown a positive correlation between beaming smiles in photographs and social satisfaction later in life. In these studies, women who smile prominently in photos have been found to be happier in their marriages, while women with slight or no smiles were found 5 times more likely to be divorced. In general, smiling leads to the joy, optimism, and emotional stability that fosters healthy marriages, friendships, and professional relationships.
Studies, both anecdotal and scientific, have granted smiling significant weight in improving your mood and overall health, accomplishing professional and personal goals, and improving relationships. Take the first step to preserving the beautiful smile you were born with and contact Lynn Dental Care today.