The Psychology Behind Preferring Not to Smile
Facial expressions are powerful enough to impact our moods and emotions. Even a fake smile releases endorphins and improves your mood. And a happier mood improves increases longevity, strengthens the immune system, and boosts heart health!
Some People Prefer Not to Smile
No matter what benefits come from being a smiley person, some people aren't comfortable with smiling as often. Below are a few reasons why:
- Personal Preferences – Some people simply aren't prone to smiling. They may be shy, have problems with confidence, or not feel the need to smile. It may also be that they were raised in a family or culture where smiles weren't readily offered.
- Smartphones – Smartphones make you less friendly and much less likely to interact with others in social situations. Spending time looking at your phone reduces the amount of eye contact and smiles with others. Smartphones have been proven to distract you from the present moment and can make relationships more difficult.
- Oral Health Problems – Lastly, if you're confident in your smile, you're much more likely to show it off! It's been shown that children as young as four years old are sensitive about the appearance of their smiles and may use their hands to cover a smile or will smile less than children with better oral health.
- Substance Abuse – Drug use can ruin lives in many ways, but it has a significant detrimental impact on oral health. Even once an addiction is overcome, damage to the teeth will remain. This can cause frustration and even backsliding in recovery. When individuals received dental treatment after addiction, they were much more likely to complete substance abuse treatment and stay sober!