Smiling is Contagious

Our Guest Author: Nicole Barnett

There is a special charisma in people who are able to walk into a room and make a positive impact on someone’s demeanor. When I was a young child (and still to this day), I find myself instantly drawn to positive individuals. What is it about them? Is it the way that they talk? Is it the way they carry themselves? Sure! I think all of that is important. Over the years one thing I found is all of these individuals have the confidence to share their smile everywhere they go.

It was drilled into me at a young age that leaving a kind word and smiling to others can drastically change someone’s demeanor. It can brighten someone’s day, change the direction of their week and inspire them beyond measure.

I recently listened to an incredible TEDTalk by Ron Gutman regarding the power of a smile. He shared the results of a scholarly study that examined students smiles in an old yearbook. They were able to measure the success and well being of students throughout their life and they compared their smiles to superpowers. When I heard that only ⅓ of adults smile more than 20 times per day and children smile upwards of 400 times per day, I was not one bit surprised of this relation between smiles and superpowers. “Have you ever wondered why being around children who smile so frequently make you smile more often?” There is a weighty impact of this simple gesture and it is definitely underestimated.

I have landed on the fact that smiling is beyond contagious and is what continuously draws me in to these individuals time and time again.

Fun Facts about Smiling:

  1. “British Researchers found that 1 smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate” (A well regarded pleasure inducer) TEDTalk – Ron Gutman
  2. Smiling uses less muscles than frowning so why not smile any chance you can?
  3. Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
  4. Smiling allows others to think of you as more attractive and competent.

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Get to know the Author – Nicole Barnett!

For anyone who knows Nicole she is a spunky, fun 23- year-old who loves to travel. When we say she loves to travel, we mean it… she has been to Mexico 17 times! One of her most favorite things is entertaining. She loves having people over and playing host at her house. Having a full home of friends with full bellies and the sound of laughter is her medicine. She graduated with a Marketing Degree from Western Washington University with a minor in International Business. She came to Molen Orthodontics with the intention to “correct” her smile before her wedding last year. She had been interested in Invisalign for a couple of years, but decided to take the leap once the countdown to her big day was on. After talking with Dr. Aaron and hearing about the changes they could make to her smile before her wedding day, she was instantly intrigued. What made her decide to move forward with treatment was the deal she made with Dr. Aaron. He said, (without hesitation) that he would remove her Invisalign knobs 2 days before her wedding and reattach them the day after the wedding so they wouldn’t be visible in wedding photos. From then on, she saw the mission of Molen Orthodontics come to life. So, 8 months later when a position on the marketing team opened up, without hesitation, she applied. Now, 3 months later she is working alongside the best Orthodontists in the United States and on the best team a girl could ask for.