your look ● the smile dr
By Dr. Mark Falco
Smiles With You
There’s more to your smile
than just curling your lips
and showing your teeth, and
knowing the ins and outs
could be the difference
between winning and losing
N o one can refute that a gorgeous smile is conta-
gious to those it touches. Think about it—who
wants to be spending quality time around some-
one who refuses to give you a smile? That’s just
not happening around my ofﬁce, ever. So, do me
a precious favor—stretch your lips gently, lift your cheeks
towards your eyes and feel your face warm up as your teeth
begin to shine through the opening of your mouth. Does-
n’t that feel terriﬁc?
For a continuous remedy against having a bad day, repeat
this motion six times an hour at a minimum. Doctor’s or-
ders! If you want to have an even quicker recovery from
something that’s not making you feel happy, then add a few
chuckles, laughs and giggles to this prescription. It’s amaz-
ing how quickly a recovery can take place.
BE A KID AGAIN
How many times a day do you think you smile? Do you
have an actual number? I am sure you think you smile many
more times than you actually do. Studies show that children
smile about 400 times a day. Adults, however, smile an av-
erage of over 20 times a day. A woman is believed to smile
about 60 times a day, but a man is believed to smile only 8.
RARE SIGHTING: Actress Kristen Stewart is routinely lampooned on the internet for
hiding her smile, which is actually quite radiant.
If you think you smile a lot more, it’s probably because
you’re remembering your childhood.
Why do we smile less? Stress in our lives causes us to
smile less. We’re too busy trying to put out ﬁres, meet dead-
lines, manage studies or programs, plan things and deal
with relationships. Who has time to smile? Children don’t
have to deal with these stresses in life on a daily basis.
That’s why we all have to make a concerted effort to smile.
It’s healthy, too.
IT’S THE BEST MEDICINE
How healthy can a smile be for us? A study done by the
British Dental Health Foundation found that while smiling
improves mood, it also has secondary consequences. Smil-
ing improves the mood of people around you. This could be
noted as “second-hand smiling”. Research also shows that a
smiling person is judged to be more pleasant, attractive, sin-
cere, sociable and competent than a non-smiling person.
Smiling has also been shown to lower blood pressure, re-
lieve stress and boost our immune systems. It releases hor-
mones such as endorphins, natural pain-killers and
serotonin. These three hormones help to make us feel good.
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Dale Carnegie, the famous motivational speaker, stated
that smiling wins friends and inﬂuences people. I don’t
think anyone can argue with the success of Dale Carnegie’s