Friday, February 17, 2017

Power of a great smile

By Miguel Casellas-Gil

Today is the day. Your suit has been dry cleaned, your pants have that perfect crease and your tie has just the right splash of color to get noticed but not overpower the rest of your ensemble.

One last glance in the mirror to check your hair, a final swipe of polish on your shoes and you are ready to go. Today is the day you nail the job interview.

One more thing though. Have you checked your smile? That perfect smile might just be the key to you landing the job and changing your life forever.

“A smile plays a critical role in how we feel about ourselves and how others see us,” says Dr. Leslie Pitner, an orthodontist and author of Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Life-Changing Guide to Orthodontics for Adults (

Pitner says adults whose teeth – and consequently their smile – could benefit from braces often don’t think about that option. Even when they do, they are discouraged from following through because of dubious information that they have come to regard as fact.

A good smile, however, may be more important than most realize. It could be life-changing in fact. Here are six reasons why:

• Smiling can have an impact on numerous aspects of a person’s life, including their mood. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides in our brains that work toward fighting off stress.
• People who have crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles, making them less approachable and seemingly less friendly. The benefits of having a friendly personality, and more friends, are numerous.
• Research has shown that when a person smiles, he or she seems more attractive to others.
• Smiling releases serotonin in the brain, which serves as an anti-depressant, and endorphins that act as a natural pain reliever.
• A nice smile tends to make a good first impression and convey a positive attitude and demeanor, something that job recruiters look for in candidates for employment.
• According to Psychology Today, seeing an attractive, smiling face activates the brain’s region that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that a smile can make others feel rewarded.

A smile, and the confidence that goes with it, cannot only change you, it has the ability to change the world.

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