Why Smiling More Increases Your Happiness

In one of our previous articles we talked about how your smile is your secret weapon to success. That is still incredibly true, but smiling more also leads to your overall happiness levels increasing as well.

Charles Darwin first explored this idea in 1872 when he wrote “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies it”. So if you frown, you are more likely to feel sad and stressed. But if you smile, you are much more likely to feel happy.

In 2009 a study run by the University of Cardiff was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, which followed 25 cosmetic-surgery people, 12 of whom received injections of Botox and the others got fillers and placebo treatments for wrinkles. Two weeks passed and all the participants were given a Hospital Anxiety and Depression test (a self-screening survey) and they rated their treatments on how successful they thought they were.

The crucial findings were that those who received real Botox scored much lower on measure of anxiety and depression compared to the placebo group. They also found that there was no significant difference between how successful they thought their treatment was and how attractive it made them feel, suggesting that the mood boost wasn’t just to one of self-confidence.

Botox paralyzes the muscles involved in facial expressions. You are then unable to frown and make yourself feel sad. The connection between this and a lift in the mood, suggests that there is a link between the expressions you exhibit and how you feel. As such, you are able to able to trick your brain into feeling happy or sad just by the facial expressions you use, based on the research above.

In his TED talk, The Hidden Power Of Smiling, Ron Gutman talks about a study in Germany, which used fMRI scans on the brain to measure brain activity before and after the injection of Botox. The findings of this study supported the one above and also Darwin’s theory that your facial expressions modify the emotions your brain produces, making you feel better when you smile.

As we mentioned in our last article on the power of smiling, smiling more reduces your stress levels, which is also good for your health. Smiling releases endorphins and helps to reduce your blood pressure. It’s also contagious and makes you look good to others, who feel better when they see you smiling and view you as a more competent person.

So anytime you want to reduce your stress levels, look more confident, feel happier and live a healthy life, just remember you have an amazing, powerful and free tool that is your smile. We strive to make you feel your best and bring happiness into your life, so if you have any concerns in regards to your smile, don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can see some of our amazing transformations and make a plan to your happy, fulfilling life.

6 Tips To Not Fear The Dentist

Going to see your dentist can be overwhelming at times and a lot of people put it off because of it. However not seeing the dentist regularly can lead to dental problems you couldn’t foresee and force you to spend even more time in the chair. That’s why we are here to ease your worries with 6 tips on how not fear the dentist.

1) Acknowledge Your Worries

Admitting to yourself that you feel anxious about going to the dentist is the first step in helping you deal with it. Really think about what it is that worries you and write them down. Are you concerned about the pain or about feeling like you have no control when you’re in the chair? Are you worried about feeling a bit claustrophobic when the light shines down at you whilst the dentist looks inside your mouth?

Trying to clearly identify what it is that worries you about the dentist will help you find a way to deal with it. It is highly important to have a dentist that you trust and feel comfortable with. Communication is key here, so make sure you voice your concerns the first time you go to in for an appointment.

2) Get A Custom Plan

When you have the right dentist, they will work with you to ensure that they create an action plan that will work specifically for you, to eases all your worries, apprehensions and fears. Whether that means starting slow and having a couple of appointments for you to just get used to being in the chair or explaining everything very clearly and in detail so you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it, it will get you more comfortable with the situation and ease you into any treatments you might need. You and your dentist can also agree on a symbol that you can give if you start feeling uncomfortable or anxious. This way you will always be able to pause if you need a little break.

3) Have Someone Come With You

Bringing someone you trust and feel comfortable with to the appointment can make you a lot more relaxed during it. It’s best of course that it is someone who has no fears of dentists, so they don’t stress you out even more.

4) Book A Morning Appointment

Studies have shown that doing the toughest things first, makes you feel effective, makes you avoid the ‘looming’ feeling and helps you practice your will power. Successful people like to do the biggest thing of each day first. Take away from this and book a morning appointment. For example, our spas are open as early as 8:30am! It will stop you from having dreadful apprehension all day.

5) Use Distractions

Having someone come along with you is a great distraction, but you can also try out other things. See if it’s possible for you to listen to some music whilst the treatment is happening or find something to play around with, such as a stress ball. Noise cancelling headphones also work well or even ear buds, if you think your anxiety may be due to the sounds of the equipment working. If none of those are an option, you can always recite the timetable or try memorizing the alphabet backwards.

6) Reward Yourself

Come up with something you’ll treat yourself to after the appointment. It’ll give you something to think about and look forward! It can be absolutely anything as well, whether it’s something you’ve wanted to buy for a little while or its getting a nice lunch or dinner out, come up with something you will enjoy and get excited for!

Feeling anxious of the dentist is very common but it shouldn’t deter you from looking after your oral health. Follow our tips and book an appointment with one of our friendly specialists to further discuss your concerns and ways we can help you overcome them.