Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

Happy FRI-YAY, beautiful people. Today’s post is all about how to gain confidence in your smile, and 8 surprising reasons you should be smiling every single day, no matter what. I had no idea how important it was to keep myself smiling and practice self-care DAILY to make sure that no matter what I was going through, I kept chin up. As I was researching this post, I realized that I need to do a better job of making others smile, too! Keep reading to find out why you should be smiling EVERYDAY.


Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

This post is sponsored by Living Earth Market. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Reason #1: Instant mood booster.

I honestly didn’t believe this one before testing it out for this post. I always thought “what good is a smile if I’m feeling like total crap”. Well, with that attitude, it was no wonder it didn’t work for me. So I worked hard this past month to really force a smile when I was feeling grumpy. To smile at strangers, at my family, at the cat, even at myself in the mirror. And I’m not going to lie — it works. It makes me feel better right away.

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

Reason #2: Stress reducer.

This one I was also skeptical of. How could even a fake smile reduce stress? But it turns out science is a funny (and freaking awesome) thing. Your body will almost instantly slow your heart rate and release chemicals to speed up your stress recovery. So, SMILE when you take that big test: it will help you keep your stress levels in check.

Reason #3: Smiles make you more approachable & trustworthy.

Authentic smiles in situations when people are meeting each other for the first time more often ended in real connections and good experiences between the two people. You are more likely to make new friends, land that important job and seem more competent in your day to day tasks. The bigger your smile, the more connections you will make!

Reason #4: Smiling actually helps retrain your brain — for the better.

When you smile, your mind moves to a more positive space. It encourages positive thinking, which leads to more real, authentic happiness levels. When you frown, it has the opposite affect. Your brain gets caught in “negativity loops”, which can hurt your brain and cause long term damage. No bueno.

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

Reason #5: Smiling is contagious.

Have you ever noticed that MOST of the time, when you smile at someone, they smile back? Smiles are scientifically proven to be almost as contagious as yawns! You could turn someone’s entire day around with ONE smile. Get out of your shell a little bit and get comfortable with smiling at people. Your family, cashiers, customer service employees, your waitress, or complete strangers. You never know when someone needs that little dose of happiness.

Reason #6: Smiles actually build your body up — from the cells.

SCIENCE comes back again here (this is literally the best. I. LOVE. SCIENCE). Your cells are smart, and they can more easily decipher a dangerous and stressful situation, correct the chemicals in your body and repair them. Smiling also relaxes cells, which is important in combating certain diseases, such as cancer.

Reason #7: Smiling boosts your creativity & productivity.

This is REALLY important for me. Sometimes I get into a funk and I sit in front of my computer and furrow my brows trying to type, read or come up with an idea of some sort. When I take a deep breath and smile instead, I work easier and faster. If you don’t like your job, this could be why you are feeling stinted in your position. The more you frown or feel annoyed, your productivity sinks lower. Try smiling at your friend in the cubicle across from you every now and then to boost your productivity levels.

Reason #8: Women who smile more have longer and happier lives, according to a yearbook study from a few years back.

This can be tough for those of us with RBF, but we have to try to be better. I know I want a longer and happier life, and if smiling more can help get me there, I am all for it! You can actually retrain your brain to remember how to smile if you have trouble (either due to a mental illness, hard life situations and many more reasons). By remembering feelings of joy and practicing your smile, you can help your brain rebuild those connections.

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

SO. How can you get that beautiful smile?

Besides practicing your pretty smile in the mirror every day, another way to make sure you FEEL AMAZING every time you smile is by keeping your pearly whites just that — WHITE. I tried out the Living Earth Marketing Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitener to see if I could feel more confident in my smile, and no surprise: it actually works. I never had braces, so I feel good about how straight my teeth are. BUT a source of stress for me was my tooth color. I have never felt my teeth were white enough. I’ve done all kinds of whitening treatments, but after I gave my gums a 2nd degree burn right before my wedding trying to whiten my teeth at home, I stopped trying.

BEFORE/AFTER:

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

THEN. I found about about this activated charcoal teeth whitener. It didn’t have bleach, so it would be safer for my gums. All you have to is brush your teeth with it. Easy enough right? WELL. The proof is in the pudding, and I think it did an amazing job. I can actually see a difference in my smile, which is great, because I need to start smiling a LOT more. 

SHOP THE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL TEETH WHITENER HERE

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday


 A positive outlook and a perfect smile…that’s all anyone needs, amiright??? Science proves it, and I’m going to back it up with my own personal testimony, we should ALL smile more. Make a pact with yourself today to smile a little more and stress a little less. I’ll be your accountability partner. πŸ˜‰

PIN IT FOR LATER:

Why You Should Be Smiling Everyday

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever tried activated charcoal teeth whitener!! I’m excited to see how it worked for you, too!

About The Author

Taylor Mobley

29 COMMENTS

  1. Isabelle | 4th Aug 17

    I’ve never heard of activated charcoal teeth whiteners but I definitely need some! The results look fantastic. And this is a lovely reminder of how important smiling is πŸ™‚

  2. Marissa Pedersen | 4th Aug 17

    It’s so important to smile! I try to surround myself with funny people – it makes it easier to smile. πŸ™‚

  3. Holly | 4th Aug 17

    I totally want to try this stuff! I’ve heard activated charcoal is amazing for teeth whitening. Also love all of these reasons to smile β€” couldn’t agree more πŸ™‚ xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

  4. Ella Yvonne | 4th Aug 17

    I love all of your ideas! Smiling is definitely a huge stress reducer for me, too! πŸ™‚ Have you tried any other teeth whitening products? How do they compare? I’d love to know!

    • Taylor Mobley | 4th Aug 17

      I have tried all kinds of teeth whitening products!! This is the best one I’ve tried. Whitening strips, bleach, at home treatments — they all really hurt my mouth.

  5. Cameron | 4th Aug 17

    Totally agree about smiling – it affects you and everyone around you. I’d never heard of charcoal whiteners before. Sounds much better than bleach.

  6. Felicia | 4th Aug 17

    Smiling is so important! We use so many more muscles trying to frown.

    xx
    The Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

  7. Krystin | 4th Aug 17

    This is such a great post and you have the prettiest smile!

    Krystin
    http://www.girlinbetsey.com

  8. ShootingStarsMag | 4th Aug 17

    Glad to hear this helped whiten your smile! And smiling really IS a good thing to do as often as possible. πŸ™‚

  9. Laura | 4th Aug 17

    Love this post!!! I really want to try that charcoal booster!!

    Smiling totally boosts your mood, it’s amazing how such a small motion can improve your outlook

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  10. kali | 4th Aug 17

    smiling really is the best!! i use charcoal for other things too besides teeth
    Xx
    Kali
    http://www.lovelaughexplore.com

  11. Amy | 4th Aug 17

    Wow, your teeth look amazing! They didn’t look like they needed a whitening treatment before, but I can see the difference after.

  12. Anna | 4th Aug 17

    Your teeth look great! I love using charcoal to whiten my teeth!

  13. Melissa | 4th Aug 17

    I loved your list and have personally felt the benefits of “faking it until you make it” with smiling. It really does make you feel better. I’ve heard a lot about this tooth whitener and can’t wait to try it!

  14. Jessi Smith | 4th Aug 17

    Great post! Keep smiling! I really need to get some charcoal whitener.

  15. Beth | 5th Aug 17

    I’ve heard of this product so it’s great to see someone using it with results!!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  16. Joscelyn | 5th Aug 17

    Ah, I’ve heard a lot of good things about activated charcoal! Can’t wait to try this for myself!

  17. Yolanda | 5th Aug 17

    I keep reading about charcoal teeth whitener and I’m not sure why but I feel hesitant about trying it – even though I am really curious about it. I don’t typically try new things right away – I jump on the bandwagon later!!

  18. Lisa | 5th Aug 17

    I have never tried a charcoal whitenee but always try to smile, smiles really are contagious and make the world a better place.

  19. blake turck | 5th Aug 17

    not sure if this was a sponsored post or not but either way I really love the way you put together the content! So many times posts just come at you with information but I prefer ones that tell a story – I love the story you told here and how you weaved it into mental health/ smiling, etc – Great job truly!! xx Bee

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Aug 17

      Thanks so much Blake! It was sponsored – I always leave a disclaimer at the top of the post to be transparent!! πŸ™‚ I’m really glad you liked the way it was put together. It’s important to me that each post tells a story! Have a wonderful day!

  20. Nadia | 5th Aug 17

    Awww, what a sweet post & a fab idea to talk about the importance of smiling every day and also promoting this lovely product so tastefully! Well done, lovely! I am a HUGE fan of charcoal! In fact, only activated charcoal tablets help soothe my stomach when it’s acting up & charcoal masks are THE bomb. I am sure this product is fab too!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  21. Indya | TheSmallAdventurer | 5th Aug 17

    A little smile can go a long way! I always get so many compliments at work because I’m always smiling and it makes other people’s days, which only makes me smile more! Let’s continue to spread the happiness πŸ’•

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

  22. Kristen | 6th Aug 17

    Yes yes! Smiling is important for so many reasons, I love smiling all the time – it always makes me feel so good! πŸ˜€

  23. Helen | 6th Aug 17

    I’ve heard so much about this and really really want to try it. Also, your make-up is gorg!

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