Word of the week, “Rapt” – Be rapt by your smile :)

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Definition of rapt: deeply engrossed or absorbed

It’s contagious, warming and common knowledge that it’s good for us. Did you know that smiling has been proven to boost your immune system, relieve stress, reduce blood pressure and forcing a smile can significantly boost your mood? This isn’t just stating the obvious. Scientific studies have been carried out to prove how powerful a smile can be. Scientists have also determined that it takes less effort to show happiness than it does to show misery, with frowning using 43 muscles and smiling only using 17.

Interestingly, it is the only gesture that is known across the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance. So why on earth don’t we show our pearly whites more often?

Perhaps one reason may be bad teeth. Tooth decay is a growing problem across the UK. According to a recent study, 33 per cent of 12-year-olds have some kind of cavity.[1] This is astonishing to think that, as a nation, our chances of producing a decent smile is challenged somewhat from our childhood’s poor oral health.

Children should be encouraged to smile more, that way they would consider their smile to be important, and as a result hopefully consider looking after their teeth better. Bad habits from childhood can all too easily creep into adulthood. Not being able to produce a smile as an adult can be perceived as rude and anti-social, even if, deep down you are a nice person.

As far as dating goes, it’s imperative to give a positive and well-mannered impression. I am a single man and I would strongly agree that first impressions are crucial. Studies have suggested that 61 per cent of us are attracted to somebody by their smile alone.[2] I would go further to say that you can start a conversation, flirt and win someone over with a simple smile.

It is also contagious. Neurones in the brain have a synchronising feature that keeps you in sync with who are you speaking to. So in theory, If they smile, you’ll smile – and vice versa. Another study has proven that “humans can detect smiles from more than 300 feet away.” Who knew that increasing your chances of being seen in a crowd could be so easy?[3]

Smiling enables someone to feel rapt towards you. There are a total 19 different smiles, from polite, social, flirty and heart-felt ones, there is one for every positive mood you can experience. So with a few to decide from I urge you to choose wisely and never underestimate the power of your smile. 🙂

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/stop-the-rot-why-thousands-of-british-children-are-having-their-teeth-taken-out-in-hospital-8527836.html

[2] https://plus.google.com/+RoseneathCoUk/posts/8SmeDootApx

[3] http://www.buzzfeed.com/smiletrain/facts-about-smiles-you-never-knew

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