Statistics About Smiling and Happiness

Posted by City Family Dental on Apr 22 2021, 07:30 AM

It is well documented that people notice your smile before anything else. Smiles not only have the power to influence people’s perceptions about you but can also tremendously improve your quality of life. 

Dr. Iyad Altwal at City Family Dental and Implant Centre in Modesto, California, offers cosmetic dental procedures that will give you a radiant smile. 

This blog discusses some lesser-known facts about smiling.

Some Fun Facts About Smiling

Below are some interesting facts related to smiling:

  • It’s Your Ticket to Longevity 

Studies have proven that smiling has a powerful impact on your health. It lowers your heart rate levels, improves your immune system, betters your endurance, and reduces pain. 

  • Smiling Tricks Your Brain Into Being Happy

Science says that smiling spurs a powerful chemical reaction in your brain. It makes your body release neuropeptides and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine. They act as natural antidepressants and help you react better to triggers. 

  • There Are 19 Types of Smiles 

From enjoyable, genuine, happy to horrified, miserable, and nervous, smiling portrays a whole range of emotions. Scientists say that there are more than 19 types of smiles!  

  • It Makes You Feel Like Winning the Lottery 

A study has concluded that smiling is as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 pounds sterling in cash.

  • A Smile Is Contagious 

That’s not just a saying. Science backs it up. There is something known as sensorimotor simulation. It is a phenomenon that causes us to mimic expressions without realizing it.

  • Smiling Takes Less Effort 

It takes only two muscle pairs or ten muscles in total to smile. To frown, you involve as many as 50 facial muscles. That means it's easier to be cheerful than grumpy. 

  • Smiling Increases Your Likelihood of Getting Hired 

Smiling makes you appear warm and confident, and also increases your chances of cracking that job interview. Studies say that a smiling profile picture on your LinkedIn increases your chances of being invited for a job interview. 

  • How Much Does an Average Person Smile? 

According to Forbes, an average happy adult smiles 40-50 times a day. A typical adult smiles only about 15-20 times a day. Children, on the other hand, have a whopping average of 400 smiles a day! 

A Yale study also showed that women smile more often than men.  

To learn more about smiling and happiness, call (209) 554-1700 or visit City Family Dental and Implant Centre at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355 for an appointment. 

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