11 Tips for Keeping a Smile on Your Face

We know that smiling can help relieve stress, but sometimes it’s hard to keep smiling, especially in the times when we need it most, when the stress is high and things are looking down.

But even in the worst of times you can find a reason to smile. Here are a few that can help you put that smile on when you need it.

Be Thankful

When things are rough, the bad times loom ahead of us. But there’s not just bad things in our lives. There are plenty of good things to appreciate in your life. Try to keep a few in mind so that when things begin to overwhelm you, can recall them and put a smile on your face.

Be Active

Too many of us live a sedentary life. Work, play, and transportation all occur with us seated. But being active stimulates endorphins in the brain that give you a natural high. It makes you feel good. Find an activity that isn’t work, it’s joy, and you’ll find it’s easy to put exercise in your day every day, and that will make it easier to keep a smile on your face.

Be Giving

Sure, it’s nice to receive a gift when you’re feeling down, but when you’re feeling low, it’s often better to be the giver. Giving will make you feel better, and you might just make someone else’s day. Then, when they give you a smile back, you’ll find yourself smiling easily.

Smile often can be good for your healthBe Mindful

Most of stress relates not to what’s going on in this moment, but to what’s coming up. Things that we think depend on or are impinging on this moment. Put them from your mind and instead focus on what you’re doing and where you are.

Being aware of your present moment will help you put and keep a smile on your face.

Be Flexible

Stress can also come from frustrated plans. You knew how you wanted your day/date/work to go, and now everything is different than you’d hoped. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Be open to changes in plans and you’ll see that the unexpected can be delightful.

Be Childlike

We’re not talking about throwing a fit because you don’t get your way (that’s the opposite of #5 above!) We’re talking about finding and maintaining your childlike sense of wonder and joy. Marvel at the world around you as though seeing it for the first time. Find a moment to play. Indulge in a treat you used to enjoy.

Be Purposeful

Purposeful people are happier because they know the meaning behind what they are doing. A little sacrifice and hard times are easier to take when you know that there’s a reason why you’re doing it. Some people find purpose in their jobs. Others find purpose in their religion. Others find purpose in their families. Find your purpose and you’ll find your smile.

Be Social

When you’re all alone, you only have your resources to depend on, but family and friends have a way of taking your troubles and turning them on their head. What used to seem so insurmountable and terrible can become small and insignificant. Instead, you have the chance to delight in the company of your those you love and enjoy the conversations and jokes that never fail to put a smile on your face.

Be Confident

It’s a lot easier to smile when you know you have a beautiful smile to share. When the feeling that you want to smile comes, you want to be prepared to do it instantly, without a worry about crooked teeth, discolored teeth, or missing teeth. If this is keeping you from smiling, cosmetic dentistry can help.

Be Rested

It’s a lot harder to smile when you’re tired. You get rundown and don’t have the resources for any emotion but despair. Avoid this by making sure you get to sleep at a reasonable time. Banish smartphones and tablets from your bedroom and darken the room. If you’re still not getting enough rest, no matter how much time you spend in bed, talk to your doctor about sleep apnea.

Be Smiling

When all else fails, put a smile on by force. Fake it till you make it is more than just a cliche, when it comes to smiling, it’s the truth. Smiling stimulates nerves in the face that inspire the release of chemicals in the brain that can help you feel happier.

Hopefully those tips have helped you smile more. If you are looking for a Denver cosmetic dentist to help you get a beautiful smile, please call (303) 759-5652 for an appointment at Park Meadows Dental Care.