Most of us know that smiling has the power to make us happier. Whether we are smiling at ourselves in the mirror, or smiling at another person and seeing them smile back, we understand that smiles can uplift us. So it’s little surprise that the first item on the Great Kindness Challenge checklist is to spread a smile.

But how much of a difference will this make? Dignity Health, a health network headquartered in San Francisco, decided to quantify how much of an impact smiling makes on our daily lives.

Happiness and Community

To find out the impact of smiling, Dignity Health surveyed over 1000 Americans. Nearly all people (89%) believe that the world would be a better place if we smiled at strangers every day. And almost as many (84%) said that our communities would be healthier if we smiled at strangers.

The smile is powerful!

How does a smile make the world a better place? Well, it improves everyone’s mood, to start with. Nearly everyone (96%) agrees that seeing a smile makes them happier. And while the biggest impact comes from getting a smile from a significant other or spouse, even a smile from a stranger can improve one’s mood, according to 60% of respondents. Two-thirds (67%) of respondents said that even taking a smiling selfie can improve their mood. And when people smile, they feel kinder toward others, according to more than half of respondents.

Health and Well-Being

But it’s not just mood that benefits from smiling, it’s health as well. Most people (89%) say that smiling has a direct impact on their physical and mental health. Almost as many people (84%) say that smiling is an effective stress reliever.

And more than half (54%) say that smiling while sick helps them feel better.

Are You Ready to Share Your Smile?

For some people, it’s easy to talk about the benefits of smiling, such as getting more attention for dating profiles. They smile easily without thinking about it. For others, though, smiling may not be as easy. If you are unhappy or self-conscious about your smile, you may actually be afraid to smile. You might also find that you start to smile but stop yourself.

This kind of reaction can undermine the power of a smile and make you feel worse, rather than better when people smile at you.

But you don’t have to live with an unattractive or unhealthy smile. Instead, we can help you restore the appearance of your smile to its former brilliance–or achieve a new, beautiful smile of your dreams. You might think your smile is beyond repair, but it’s not. New cosmetic dentistry techniques give us the power to make virtually any smile beautiful.

If you’re ready to enjoy the power of your smile, start the process today. Please call our office at (408) 354-5600 to schedule an appointment with San Jose cosmetic dentist Dr. Nancy Nehawandian at Top Down Dental in Los Gatos.