By Dr. Robert Sunstein,
La Jolla & Carmel Valley Orthodontics Specialist
“11 Facts about Smiling”shows that smiling is good for your health, career, communication, and love life.
Smiling is good for your health: Most of you have heard that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, but not only is smiling easier on your muscles; it’s easier on your immune system. When you smile, it means you feel good, and because emotional health is so closely linked to physical health, smiling a lot can tack on an average of seven years to your life.
Smiling is good for your career: If talking on the phone is a big part of your job, then you should smile. Smiling has been found to make our voices sound happy and engaged—even when we’re not. Studies also found that employees who smile more get more promotions because smiles exude confidence and sociability.
Smiling helps you communicate emotions: University of California at Berkeley psychologists
identified six basic types of smiles to express feelings
- We have polite smiles, assymetrical smiles (also known as the fake smile), embarrassed smiles, genuine smiles, loving smiles, and synchronized smiles ( a genuine, loving smile accompanied by a forward-leaning body movement to show the smile’s recipient you are on the same wavelength).
Smiling can help with your love life: Sorry, men, this only goes for women. Studies showed that men found women who smile to be more attractive than those with perfect make-up who were stone-faced. The opposite, however, is favored by women.
A study by the American Psychological Associationfound that women prefer a man to look “brooding.”
As the Sunny Smile Specialist, I look forward to helping you achieve that smile you feel confident about flashing all the time. For more information on orthodontic care, call us in Carmel Valley at 858-755-1551, in La Jolla at 858-459-3353, or log onto