VanDyk Mortgage - April 2020

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Did you know that on average, children smile about 400 times per day? If you’ve ever spent much time around younger kids, this isn’t surprising. Kids are smiling all the time! But the number of smiles we enjoy tends to decrease dramatically over time. Around 15% of adults only smile five times a day. Just five smiles in a day! How depressing is that? That is just the start of the wild things I learned about smiling when Dr. Phill Kraver joined me on “The HartBeat Show.” Dr. Kraver is a dentist from Cape Coral. When he approached me about sharing his presentation “The Science of the Smile” on my podcast, I was all in. I’m the kind of guy who smiles pretty often, but I was shocked by how much I didn’t know about how smiling can affect your health, your mood, and other people’s moods, too! The True Smile Humans have been smiling for as long as we’ve been around, but it wasn’t until the 1800s that scientists really started researching the smile. “In the 1800s, there were really no laws or rules for doing science,” Dr. Kraver said. “So this French guy, Guillaume Duchenne, began putting electrodes on people’s faces. Duchenne was an anatomist, and he was trying to figure out which muscles actually made you smile. He hooked electrodes to peoples' cheeks, their faces, all over the place, and he SMILE MORE!

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was able to identify where their smile muscles originated from. What he found is the ‘true smile.’ This kind of smile, the best smile ever, where all your smile muscles are engaged, is what we call the Duchenne Smile.” Dr. Kraver explained that the Duchenne smile is basically a real smile. It’s not just a social smile where only your lips are smiling. A Duchenne smile really lights up the whole face, engaging the cheeks and the eyes. It’s this kind of big smile that actually leads to crow’s feet later in life! This sounds like a bummer, but Dr. Kraver pointed out that crow’s feet are a sign that you spent a lot of time smiling. And the good news is that true Duchenne smiles don’t just give you wrinkles — they also improve your health.

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