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Five Suggestions for Beating the Winter Blues

Happy FamilyWhich comes first: the smile, or the feeling of happiness? Many people believe that a smile is a result of feeling happy, when in fact, the act of smiling actually brings about happiness. A research study in England found that smiling produces endorphins similar to winning a large sum of money. If you are feeling blue this winter, Des Moines, IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, offers you five suggestions of activities that should make you feel like smiling more.

Five Ways to Feel Happy

Keep a journal – You’re reading a blog right now, but you can write one, too. Having an outlet to write your thoughts and share them with the masses through the internet can bring about happiness. When you receive positive and affirming comments on your blog, you’re likely to feel downright ecstatic.

Allow yourself ample vitamin D – Serotonin is an invaluable hormone that makes you feel good, but when you aren’t exposed to enough sun, your levels can be low, creating a feeling of sadness. Ever hear of the winter blues? People that live in parts of the world that don’t see a lot of sunshine in colder months should take a daily vitamin D supplement to keep that smile on their faces.

Visit Dr. Johnson – Have you ever walked out of the dental office feeling like a brand new person? Other medical appointments can have the same affect. Whether you’re due for a dental checkup, a dermatology procedure you’ve been putting off, or a physical with your general physician, overall health maintenance and preventive measures can put a happy spring in your step.

Just dance – Don’t feel foolish about dancing around your house. According to Alice Domar, PhD, director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham, Massachusetts, your favorite music activates the pleasure centers in your brain. Any movement releases mood elevating endorphins. So the double duty of dancing and listening to good tunes can turn your frown upside down.

Fix your flaws – If cosmetic issues with your teeth and/or gums make you feel embarrassed about smiling, consider cosmetic dentistry. A dentist that offers cosmetic services can provide what’s known as a complete smile makeover. Combining procedures like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and tooth colored fillings and crowns to create a look you’ll want to grin about. Your dream smile may be more attainable than you think, and when you are proud of the way your teeth look, you’ll probably find you’ve never been happier.

Visit your Des Moines, IA Dentist

Dr. Jessica Johnson is a dedicated family dentist who focuses on overall oral health and the value of preventive dental care for your whole family. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, the Des Moines District Dental Association, and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. Valley Ridge Family Dental gladly welcomes patients and their families from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and all surrounding Des Moines communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us today by calling our office at (515) 223-9764.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm