Volume 6| January 2020
Happy 2020!
We hope that 2020 is off to a fantastic start! Still, looking to find a New Year’s resolution to make this year even better than last year? How about a resolution that makes you healthier, look more attractive, increases your success, be more likable, and make you happier? This all-in-one resolution is to SMILE MORE! Read on to learn how smiling can improve your year!
Smile to be Healthier!
Smiling releases the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, which reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, reduce your heart rate, and relieve pain.

Dr. Murray Grossan reported on NBC News that smiling releases serotonin, which contributes to a person's happiness and wellbeing and can boost one's immune system. "What's crazy is that just the physical act of smiling can make a difference in your immunity. 

A study out of Wayne State University found that "smilers" lived longer than "non-smilers." This research studied pre-1950s major league baseball player cards, and they found that the span of a player's smile could predict the span of his life. Players who did not smile in their pictures lived an average of 72.9 years, where players who did smile in their photos lived an average of almost 80 years. That's about seven years added to your life just from smiling!
Smile to Improve Your Fitness
A study out of the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) found that smiling could give you a thinner appearance. The study had people look at randomized faces on a computer screen, and those who had sad faces were judged as being heavier. Although this is a surprising conclusion, if you are looking to work on your fitness in the New Year, head off to the gym with a big smile to reap the added benefits!
What's cookin' good lookin'?
Another study from UMKC found that smiling could make you look younger. In this study, college students were shown photographs of people they perceived to be older but were smiling in their pictures to appear younger than their actual age. Those who were frowning in their photos were perceived as being older than their age. 

A smile is like a natural face-lift (and is much cheaper)! A smile lifts your face, turns up the corners of your mouth, and raises your entire face, including your cheeks, jowls, and neck. 
Smile for Success!
The University of California – Berkeley conducted a 30-year longitudinal study that examined the relationship between smiles in an old yearbook and the students' fulfillment and length of marriages, how highly they would score on standardized tests, wellbeing and happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. Those who smile the widest in their yearbook photos scored the highest on all of the above!

Ron Gutman, the author of Smiles also found that smiles can predict fulfillment in marriage. The smiles of students were measured, and these ultimately predicted how long-lasting and satisfying the person’s marriage would be. 
Smiling is contagious!
Two studies from Uppsala University in Sweden found that when someone around us smiles, we smile too! Seeing other people smile suppresses the control we have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. 

A study done at Penn State University confirmed that when we smile, we not only appear more likable and courteous, but we are perceived by others to be more competent. 
Above all else - Happiness!
If nothing else, this one does it for me. Sarah Stevenson tells Psychology Today that the act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that inhibit stress and the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. The serotonin release serves as an antidepressant. 

British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars. I certainly can't eat that much chocolate! Researchers also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to $20,000 in cash. 
Smile More!
Although smiling seems easy, we know that life can get stressful and busy. Studies have shown that children smile up to 400 times a day, whereas 30% of adults smile more than 20 times a day, and 14% smile five times or less a day. So consider some mindful smiling as a sustainable resolution and one that seems well worth it. 

If you'd like to improve your smile, give a call for a complimentary consultation! We have many parents who join their children in getting a beautiful smile. It's not too late!
Holidays at the Office!
We hope you all had a great holiday season! We celebrated the holidays in the office with lunch, holiday sock and sweater day! Check out our style!
Refer a Friend Program
We encourage our happy patients to share their results and experience with their family and friends so that they can also achieve a great smile! For every new client you refer that starts treatment with us, we’re offering you $100 off your bill or a $100 Amazon gift card. Spreading love is rewarding!
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