Smile! It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.

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There is a shortage of smiles in our adult world. Science has shown that the average baby smiles over 200 times a day. Yet a grown woman averages only 62 beams of brilliance. And men flash their pearly whites  a dismal eight times a day.

If you need a REASON to smile, consider these two scientific studies:

Did you know every time you smile, even if it is forced, you boost your mood? Endorphins are released immediately, reducing the stress in your body. These in turn increase the dopamine and serotonin in your system.  BAM!! Non pharmaceutical antidepressant!

Smiles are contagious! Studies in Sweden have found test subjects have difficulty frowning when looking at a smiling subject.   In addition, each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to smile.  Try it. Think of your child or a loved one smiling at you. The thought alone brings a smile to YOUR face and lightens your mood.

So the next time you are out in public, or sitting at home with your loved ones, show off those choppers. You’ll be spreading joy by simply moving your lips!