We’ve talked before about how being ready to give a smile can really benefit those around you. And there’s no time of the year when this is more appreciated than now, during the holidays. Here’s why you should take more effort to put a smile on your face at this time of year.
A Lot of People Are Stressed
Holiday magic doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a lot of work to get all the details lined up, and until it happens, a lot of people are worried that things won’t go well. They’re worried they won’t find the gift they’re looking for, that they won’t be able to afford gifts, that food won’t turn out right, that friends and family might not be able to get together, or that if they do get together there will be conflicts.
And then when you get a lot of these stressed people together, that pressure can really build up. Everyone feeds off everyone else’s stress, and it can escalate into conflict. But there’s a really great stress reliever you carry with you at all times: your smile. Cracking a smile in a stressful situation can help everyone unwind, because they’re likely to smile, too. If you feel comfortable, say something positive or make a polite joke.
Many People Work Longer Hours
At this time of year, stress is also amplified because people are working longer hours. They may be having to work late because they’re sneaking out at lunch to do shopping or run other errands. Maybe they’ve picked up a second job to help meet holiday expenses. Or their business may be open late to meet increased demand and they have to work. Whatever the reason, the grueling routine can really drag people down at this time of year.
So if you see somebody flagging, give them a little pick-me-up with your smile. And be kind to people who are working. Thank them for the things they do, especially if they’re good at their job or go out of their way to help. Be patient if they make mistakes. Even if you have a complaint, there’s no reason to get angry–that doesn’t help anyone, not even you.
There’s Less Sun
The shorter days at this time of year don’t help anyone’s mood. Sunshine is a guaranteed mood booster–that’s one thing that brought many of us to Las Vegas in the first place, all the desert sun. And when we get so much less of it at this time of year, it’s hard not to feel it draining your mood.
But we all carry a little bit of sunshine with us. You’ve probably guessed that we’re not talking about that super-bright flashlight on your phone, either–we’re talking about your smile. A smile won’t give you vitamin D, but it helps you feel better, just the same. And it helps those around, you , too!
What If You Don’t Feel Like Smiling?
Just like the people you meet, you might not feel like smiling these days. If you can’t identify a tangible cause for your low mood, you might want to talk to your doctor or dentist. Your doctor could identify many potential causes for lowering your mood, and your dentist could track down oral health problems that are sapping your energy.
Your dentist can also help if you feel that your smile is unattractive and you just don’t want to share it. Cosmetic dentistry can do wonders for your smile and make you feel so good about it that you can’t help but share it.