Say "Cheese"!

Say "Cheese"!

  • Blake Engelhard

Ranging from the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile to Marilyn Monroe's classic red-lipstick smile, or cartoon characters such as Ursula's sinister smile from The Little Mermaid, smiles can mean many things in our society. What can we learn from a smile?

Smiles may be naturally expressive and genuine, or faked and forced, perhaps even miserable. A smile does not necessarily mean we're feeling happy. People will sometimes laugh as a response to shock, if they're embarrassed, or to cover up an emotion other than happiness. 

Originally explored by Charles Darwin, the "science of smiling" was argued to be an outward manifestation of happiness in order to connect with others.

But, of course, there are often many times when we do genuinely smile or laugh. Though whether it's genuine or faked, smiling releases neuropeptides, which lower stress levels. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin levels rise slightly, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. 

BrushOnSmile was created not only to help whiten teeth, but also to biologically increase happiness. Standing in front of a mirror and smiling for at least fifteen seconds triggers this biological response, and as a result, you'll start your day off happier and with more energy.