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First impressions last.
Who isn’t familiar with this adage about the importance of making a good first impression? And who would say that there isn’t a grain of truth in it?
According to experts, the first thirty seconds to two minutes are most crucial when forming an impression.
Whatever image we manage to come up with within those first few moments will carry on even long after the person has known us on a deeper level. Getting over a first bad impression can take some time — especially when the other person won’t even let you try.
What exactly are the things people look at that help them form their first impression about us?
Science says there are a number of factors that affect the way people view us for the first time. One of them is our facial cues — our mouth curvature in particular, or simply defined our smile!
Many studies have shown that a nice smile adds to a person’s attractiveness. When we smile, people see us as a trustworthy person. We are also viewed as someone who is more approachable and easy to talk to. Maybe just don’t overdo- it.
While a subtle smile with just the right upturn in the curvature of our mouth can make us appear both intelligent and friendly at the same time, a big grin can make a person appear just a tad bit naive to others.
Admit it. When we don’t really feel confident about our smile, we tend to avoid situations that would require us from smiling or even talking about anything that could make us smile.
This can make a person seem stand-offish and haughty to others, and may even lead them to assume that you are someone who lacks the confidence to interact with people.
Why do we do this anyway? Most experts agree that it has something to do with oral hygiene and the way our teeth appear to other people.
Nowadays though, this shouldn’t be a cause for concern because modern procedures have made it possible for teeth issues to be corrected.
Not feeling confident about crooked teeth? Don’t worry! Braces can not only fix crookedness, they can also help improve the shape of our face and jaw! Conscious about your yellow teeth? A teeth whitening treatment is a way to go!
Thanks to modern solutions, we can confidently flash our pearly whites in a beautiful smile for the entire world to see.
Studies show that having the confidence to show off our smile significantly increases our happiness level.
Smiling isn’t all just about confidence! There are actually more psychological AND physiological benefits of smiling according to experts.
Believe it or not, smiling actually boosts our immune system because our entire body tends to relax when we smile.
Don’t believe us? Try smiling when you are in a bad mood, and you’ll feel an immediate improvement in your mood no matter how small it is.
Smiles are also very contagious! When we smile, people around us will start smiling too, and you’ll notice a significant increase in a good mood around. Are you in a room full of stressed people? Try smiling!
This simple act has been proven to help relieve stress because our body releases endorphins (happy hormones!) when we smile.
You’ve also probably heard that it takes more muscles to frown than a smile?
Science actually says that we use an average of 12 muscles when we smile and 11 when we frown.
However, since humans tend to smile more than they frown, the muscles we use for smiling are generally considered to be stronger than the ones we used to frown.
This is probably why people say that it takes more effort to frown than to simply just smile.
Still, looking for more reasons to smile? Consider smiling as a universal language.
Wherever we go, even if we don’t speak that country’s language, we never misunderstand the meaning of a genuine smile.
Experts agree that smiling can stimulate the reward mechanism in our brain in such a way that even chocolate, a well-known agent that releases happy hormones when consumed, cannot match.
Once the muscles we used to smile contract, this creates a positive feedback loop that goes back to our brain, which reinforces our feelings of happiness.
To put it simply, our brain tells us that it feels good, so we smile. We smile and tell our brain that it feels good, and so on and so forth.
Our beautiful smile begins with proper oral hygiene. We cannot emphasize the importance of brushing and flossing every day, as well as regular check-ups and cleaning by professionals to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local dentist on a regular basis so that they can help maintain your bright smile!