Solve this riddle:
Do this and the world does it with you.
You’re never fully dressed without one.
And Mona Lisa’s is perhaps the most famous.
We’re talking about smiles, of course…and that’s because this Monday, August 11th,, marks the beginning of a celebration you can’t help but be happy about: National Smile Week.
Originally established to promote dental health and maintenance, National Smile Week, also reminds all of us that smiling has lots of benefits…some obvious and some most people probably don’t know about.
So, without further ado, here is our list of our seven favorite smile facts and pointers…one for each day of the week:
- You smile because you’re happy, but you can also get happy BECAUSE you smile. Are we telling you to fake a smile? You bet we are! Studies show that you release happy hormones every time you crack a smile… for any or for no reason (so g’head…flash your best one right now…no one’s looking)!
- It takes a lot more effort to frown than to smile: More than twice the effort. 43 muscles control frowning while it takes only 17 to smile. When you can, take the easy way out!
- The act of smiling boosts your immune system. Yup. Your body is more relaxed when you smile encouraging overall good health, reducing stress, and protecting you from illness.
- Smiling is attractive and enhances all kinds of relationships. Think of the money we all spend on clothing, make-up, diets, and all those other ways we try and make ourselves look better. Smiling is free and linked to everything from meeting potential partners to landing jobs and clients. Studies have also shown that we associate smiles with altruism…and how attractive is that?
- Smiling is contagious…and yes, there is science behind this. Human beings mimic…so when we see someone who is smiling, we tend to smile, too. Think about how one person’s belly laugh can transform the energy of an entire room, even if no one knows what’s causing it.
- You can help make your kids happy lots of different ways, including teaching them about the benefits of smiling. And since nothing drives information home to kids like projects which engage their senses, we suggest, depending on their ages and skill levels: Asking them to make a smile collage with magazine cut-outs or family photos; creating smiley faces on paper plates with yellow and black paints; making Happy Face pins to keep or to share (see Happy Face beaded pins); engaging them with this silly Smiling Craft (Smiling Craft); and/or playing this Trace the Smiley game (Trace the Smiley).
- Smiling is associated with good dental and overall health. But don’t worry…If you don’t have a healthy smile or fear you can’t afford one, :DentalPlans can help. We have extremely affordable non-insurance savings plans that we know will put a smile on your face. One low payment can save you up to 80% on check-ups, xrays, cleanings, braces, complicated procedures, and even cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about our truly hassle-free offerings, call one of our AtYourService Customer Care representatives toll-free at 1-855-203-7640 or visit us at www.dentalplans.com.
You’ll soon see why at :DentalPlans, every week is Smile Week!