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Everyone smiles but some of you probably don’t do it as often as you may like due to insecurity about the way your teeth look. Perhaps they’re stained or crooked, whatever the reason, sometimes just one visit to the dentist can improve your appearance and give you the confidence to smile freely once again.

Smiling is important and these are just five of the many incredible reasons why a healthy smile can make all the difference in your happiness and well-being.

Boost Immunity

When you smile, it can give your immune system a much-needed boost to improve your overall health. We all smile when we are the most relaxed and that calm demeanor strengthens the immune system and reduces stress. They say that laughter is the best medicine, so smile and laugh often. You’ll feel great afterward!

Different Smiles

Did you know there are 19 different types of smiles? It’s true, according to a study conducted at the University of California San Francisco. They fall into two different categories: social smiles and sincere smiles. The former are often a polite gesture while the latter are heartfelt and emotional reflections of happiness.

Facial Muscles

The face has a very complex network of muscles, many of which you employ when you smile. Some smiles use as little as five of those muscles, while others can use as many as 53 to show how happy and engaged you are in something. Laughing also employs more muscles than if you were just merely offering someone a polite grin.

Smiling from the Start

Most of us learn various facial expressions as we get older, Eye rolling, disgust, even confusion are all learned responses that life teaches us. But not smiling, it’s an inherent skill we all have sewn directly into our DNA. Babies have been seen smiling inside of the womb. It’s something we can do so easily because we were born with it.

Get That Promotion!

Smiling is a direct signal that you are happy, so it comes as no surprise that employees who smile more often at the office are promoted quicker. It lets your boss know you’re glad to be there and your co-workers know that you’re easy to work with and pleasant to be around. So smile when you get to work, you may just get that raise a lot faster than you think.