Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It- What makes you happy No2

Posted on 4th March, 2014

Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

It sounds simple, but it works. “Happy people…see possibilities, opportunities, and success. When they think of the future, they are optimistic, and when they review the past, they tend to savor the high points,”

We smile because we are happy, and we frown because we are sad. But does the causal arrow point in the other direction, too? A spate of recent studies of botox recipients and others suggests that our emotions are reinforced—perhaps even driven—by their corresponding facial expressions.

This February psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people whose ability to frown is comp­romised by cosmetic botox inject­ions are happier, on average, than people who can frown. The botox recipients reported feeling happier and less anxious in general; more important, they did not report feeling any more attractive, which suggests that the emotional effects were not driven by a psychological boost that could come from the treatment’s cosmetic nature. So the simple act of frowning can lower your mood and a smile will enhance it- whatever the thought process behind it. So here is a case when faking it is good for you.

If you are feeling depressed or have low mood try looking in a mirror and smile at yourself even make some funny faces and feel your mood lift- be care that know one is watching case  they book you a trip to the funny farm. Know someone that is depressed then share this post and give then a laugh- Did you know that in new born babies laughter is a learnt behaviour.

 

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