Happy Smile Week! I've written a lot about how much a beautiful smile can increase your quality of life, in every respect from your average income over a lifetime to how strangers judge your age. But, have you ever considered how much good you can do by giving a simple smile to loved ones, co-workers and strangers alike.
It turns out that smiles are contagious. And when we smile, not only do our own emotions respond in kind, but we automatically elevate the emotional state of everyone around us.
Up until now, you might have assumed that a beautiful smile was simply a natural coincidence of good genes and that the effect of such as smile on others was marginal at best, perhaps even superficial to building a happy life. But it turns out that modern dental technology and procedures not only make a life-long, attractive smile attainable for just about everyone, but that investing in a beautiful and functional smile translates to a better quality of life.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry released an independent study that found that virtually all Americans (99.7 percent) believe a smile is an important social asset; 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex; and nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of adults feels an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success.
Another important study conducted by Beall Research & Training, Inc., an independent marketing research firm, used before and after photos of smile makeovers for polling purposes. The research found that people who have had a smile makeover are viewed by others as more attractive, intelligent, happy, successful in their career, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy and more appealing to the opposite sex.
Yet, 50 percent of respondents said they were unhappy with their smile. If this 50 percent includes you, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with your dentist and find out what simple solutions he or she may have to offer that could, at the very least, translate to you sharing more smiles with your loved ones, co-workers and strangers alike.
Share your smile this week :)