The Psychological Effects of Smiling

True or False? Smiling has positive effects on your brain.

This is true! Better yet, not only does smiling have psychological benefits for you, but you can extend those benefits to someone else.

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Smiling Fights Stress

Smiling activates the release of molecules that work towards fighting stress. These molecules help us experience a range of emotions—from happiness to sadness, excited to angry—but when we smile, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released in the bloodstream. This helps the body relax, and can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

Even better? The brain doesn’t know the difference between a fake smile, and a real one. If you need a pick-me-up, fake a smile but see real results!

Smiling Affects Others

You’ve probably heard that smiling is contagious. This is true, because it’s an automatic response! The part of the brain that is responsible for smiling when happy, or mimicking another’s smile, is located in the cingulate cortex. It’s an unconscious, automatic response area.

So, share your smile with others—they won’t be able to help but to catch it!

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.