Why is it some people are always smiling, and others merely grimace? There are lots of reasons why people smile. Some people are paid to smile. Air cabin crew, receptionists and models are just a few of the people that earn their living with their smile. Others may simply feel they have little to smile about. Think about that really serious boss in the office, or that Mom with the wayward kids. But surely everyone smiles sometimes? What does it take to feel happy and confident enough to share a smile with the world?
Your teeth are a big part of your smile. Those that don’t feel confident about their teeth may try to smile less often. This isn’t a good way to spend the rest of your life. After all, a smile conveys so much. It tells people how you’re feeling. It shows you’re happy to be in their company. And it’s a lovely way to welcome someone. Smiling is really important. Looking after your teeth and correcting problems could go a long way to improving your confidence and your smile.
Brushing is not enough to ensure your teeth are healthy. And when your teeth aren’t healthy you may be in danger of tooth loss. Pulling teeth is the last thing a dentist wants to do, but serious problems with the gums or dental decay can make this last resort essential. Don’t panic, though. There are several options to reconstruct your smile after tooth loss.
Dentures and bridges are commonly used to ‘fill the gap’ as it were. But you might feel more confident by replacing the tooth with dental implants. These are installed in your jaw bone where your tooth used to sit. It is stronger than your original tooth and can be color matched. Best of all, it can be shaped to look natural and perfectly aligned to the rest of your teeth. A full set of teeth can complete your smile and help you feel confident again.
Regular brushing and daily flossing help prevent this happening. Whitening treatments performed by your dentist can help improve the color of your teeth. And treatments to improve the alignment of your bite can bring your confident smile out. See your dentist regularly, and take care of your oral hygiene for your best smile.
Confidence is a big part of smiling. A smile involves several things. Not only are your lips moving and your teeth showing, but your eyes are making contact with the other person too. This requires confidence, and maybe a little practice. Feeling good about, yourself is a major part of this. Don’t be afraid to make eye contact when you meet or talk to people. It’s not aggressive, but can be assertive enough to help the other person feel more comfortable in your company. Best of all, it means you’re not missing out on any communication from the other person.
Another way to boost your confidence is to improve your posture. When you’re a little shy, your shoulders may hunch up, and your head tucks in. This shortens your stature and can even appear quite uncomfortable or peculiar to others around you. Release the tension in your shoulders with a few rotation exercises. Let them drop down, extend your neck and enjoy a straighter spine. This can even improve your energy levels!
A good posture takes a time to develop and strengthen so you might need to practice holding it a few times each day. But it will soon come, and it will let others see you as strong and confident. Soon you’ll be smiling as more people react more positively toward you. Try Yoga, ballet, or Pilates to help you strengthen your posture. Each of these activities could bring a smile to your face too.
Enjoying activities that make you happy will give you a more natural smile. Sometimes we get bogged down in all the things we have to do. This leaves us with no time to do the things we want or like to do. Taking some time out each day for the things that bring you pleasure is very important. It can help alleviate stress, improve your social life, and make you happier. It might be music, reading, painting, or cycling. Try to fit it in every day. Having something to look forward to each day is sure to help you smile.
It is in our nature to strive for achievement. This is easy when we’re kids, and everything is a new experience. There were no responsibilities to get in the way, and there were no limits to the time we could spend on these fun things in our lives. Even as adults, it’s important to have that sense of achievement from time time. Enrol in a class, take that exam you failed, or simply list the things you completed this week. Feel self-pride, and you’ll be smiling again.
Are there any places in the world that you love to visit? Have a look through your photo album. See if you’re smiling in any of those vacation snaps. If you are, those are the places you should put on your vacation list for next year. Visiting places that gave us positive experiences is important. It will put a smile on your face to see them again and reminisce about your previous visit. Perhaps you went with a loved one or met someone special there. See if they can be a part of that experience again.
Do you have any pets? Spending time petting your furry friends is thought to relax us. You’re also quite likely to be smiling while you do it! If ever you need cheering up, turn to your pet for a bit of fuss. And if pets could smile, you know they’ll be smiling back up at you for all that extra attention!
Sometimes it’s not easy to smile. But if you can share a smile with someone today, you’ll be releasing happy hormones and boosting your immune system. Best of all, you’ll be helping a fellow human share the same experience when they smile back at you. Happy days.