Healthy is as happy does.
It’s a pretty bold statement, one that pessimists are sure to scoff at and optimists are bound to spread, but it’s true. If we’re speaking of optimism, it should be mentioned that happy people live longer than those who are generally less cheerful and that fact backs this section. Yes. Fact.
According to countless studies, people who consider themselves happy have a lower heart rate, lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone,) lower concentrations of a plasma associated with heart disease, and are less likely to experience diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.
Biochemist Sondra Barrett has explained how our attitudes affect our bodies on a cellular level. Our thoughts have the power to directly affect our cell function because our thoughts become actions and our actions become habit. Among other things, cell mutations are often caused by stress and can lead to the development of various cancers. When we fake a smile, we retrain our brains to be happy and encourage positive thinking. When we’re happy, our bodies are more capable of combating stress-induced health risks.
We think you can see where this is going. It’s a cheerful fact that you can become happy by habit when you fake a smile.
But what if I don’t like my smile?
A study conducted by the NCBI showed that 53% of individuals with minor to major dental problems demonstrated poor self-esteem. Individuals who are ashamed or embarrassed by their dental abnormalities such as missing, stained, or broken teeth are far less likely to smile than those who love their grin, and that’s an unfortunate truth.