We like the old saying: You’re never fully dressed without a smile. That old adage has never been more true than this past year, when hundreds of thousands of Americans have been forced to work from home, doing business via video calls and staring at their faces on a screen. (Fun times, we know.)
A great smile has never been more of an asset. But many people find they’re not loving their image on the screen. Perhaps not surprisingly, demand for plastic surgery and Botox is way up during these pandemic times. But there’s a simpler, faster, and far less invasive way to improve your appearance: a smile makeover.
The Science of Smiling
Don’t underestimate the power of a great smile: Researchers at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) discovered that smiling can actually make you look younger — and thinner!
Researchers have also discovered that smiling releases happy neurotransmitters — dopamine, serotonin, and those slippery endorphins you’ve heard about. According to one researcher, “Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” Sounds good to us.
One 2010 research project even delved into the correlation between smile width and lifespan (how they came up with this idea, we have no clue). Those researchers collected pre-1950s baseball cards for the study, and they discovered that the span of a player’s smile accurately predicted the span of his life. Baseball players who grinned widely in their pics wound up living an average of nearly 80 years; those who wore poker faces lived, on average, just shy of 73 years. That’s seven more years to spend with family or friends — definitely something to smile about!
Here’s one additional fact about your smile that you’re not going to believe (we couldn’t quite believe it either): Smiling creates more happiness in the brain than a piece of your favorite chocolate. We swear.trello