We all know that when we smile we trigger many different things that have positive effects, not only on your mood, but also on your health and disposition. Aside from personal benefits, smiling also has many social benefits. We often use our expressions to convey emotions or even messages about how we feel. At our Port Coquitlam dentist, we know that when it comes to smiling, a person can smile many different ways when they are interacting with a person. Here’s a few of the social benefits of smiling.

Smiling often conveys openness, acceptance, and even trustworthiness. When you genuinely smile at people they feel more comfortable engaging you in a conversation. Smiling makes you more approachable and easier to talk to. It also signifies that you’re interested in speaking with others.

Another social benefit of smiling is the ability to convey pleasure, happiness, or satisfaction. At a party or social gathering, people smile when they are having a really good time. Smiles turn to laughter and even more bonding moments with other people. If you’re having a good time, a smile on your face will show others you’re enjoying the event and their company which makes them smile and happy as well.

In a more intimate sense on the social benefit of smiling is also obvious when meeting and flirting with someone you like. When you’re talking to someone you love or have a crush on, you can’t help but wear a smile on your face. You become extra attentive and smiling is a way to show you are interested in a person.

One other social benefit of smiling is to lighten the mood when you make a mistake or do something embarrassing. If you bump someone as you’re passing by, you immediately say sorry and you flash a hint of smile which is a person’s way of admitting fault and that it was unintentional. If we also do something embarrassing, we often smile to alleviate the situation and simply make a joke out of what happened.

Our smiles have many uses and we must not take them for granted. We use them not only to show our emotion, but also to better communicate with the people around us. Smiling not only involves our lips but our teeth as well. Work on your smile with Oxford Family Dental today and find out ways to improve your smile. Contact our Port Coquitlam dental office today for further information!

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