A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller
When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But when we smile, is our natural response to be happy?
Its been scientifically proven that even faking or forcing a smile will minimize stress and makes us happier.
This was what psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman discovered when they had 169 participants produce one of three facial expressions:
- a neutral expression
- a half smile
- a big, ear to ear smile
Only half of participants were told to smile.
Once their expression was ‘in place’, participants did a series of stressful, multi-tasking activities. The researchers monitored heart rates and self-reported stress levels while the subjects completed these various tasks. Read more