There are only a few days to go before 2023 is over and we welcome in the New Year. For most this is a time of happiness and excitement. Many have plans to go out, spend the evening with loved ones or stay tucked up indoors where it’s warm. Whatever your plans this New Years Eve, you want to do it with a smile.

Why Smiling is Good for Your Mental Health

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You know that here at The Wonderment we talk about self-care an awful lot. We have a section full of self-care tips and ideas. Smiling is a simple self-care activity that can have a huge impact on how you are feeling.

There are a number of ways in which smiling is good for you. Smile now. Seriously, do it. Can you feel that uplifting sensation moving through you? Smiling releases endorphins, which are also known as the happy hormones. When you smile they course through you filling you with that sense of joy. It’s quite magical!

The act of smiling also boosts your mood in this way, along with reducing stress and anxiety, as well as improving your blood pressure. There are a whole host of health benefits too, including apparently leading to a longer life, reducing the risk of heart disease, reducing pain and boosting the immune system.

A Smile Goes A Long Way

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It is human nature, built into our DNA that we show solidarity with other humans. So, when someone smiles at you, you smile back! The same is true of other facial expressions also. A smile however is incredibly powerful as it can change someone’s day from miserable to something brighter. Those endorphins you get when you smile are released into the person who responds to that smile and so on.

One smile could impact so many people!

Fresh Breath and Clean Teeth


Now a good smile is nothing without clean teeth and fresh breath. This is important for self-care too. Looking after our body and mind are vital to being healthy in 2024. However, it’s not like you can brush your teeth while you’re out on New Year’s eve right? You’ve been drinking, eating, possibly smoking all night and your breath probably smells how it tastes. So, what is the answer?

Well to help improve those sparkly smiles and keep your mouth feeling great, you could try Peppersmith Mints. The reason we bring these up is they come on pocket packs, small enough for a pocket or handbag. They also taste incredible and leave your mouth feeling refreshed and clean. Being sugar free and vegan means they are suitable for most and come in a range of flavours. Even better though, they actually help keep teeth clean!

We adore Peppersmith Mints, Gum and Pastilles. Our favourite is definitely the luscious lemon, however the sensational strawberry comes a close second. There is also Extra Strong, Spearmint and Peppermint. Don’t worry if you can’t decide on a flavour though, because they do a wonderful Mixed Box Taster Pack that has two boxes of everything Peppersmith have to offer!

Keep smiling and have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! Don’t forget to join the conversation over on social media too. You can find us on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.

About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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