How to Fake a Smile and Move on
The next time you’re feeling low, try faking a smile. It works for instant happiness. You’ll feel happier in an instant; simply follow the rule “fake it till you make it.”
Backed by Research
According to research at the University of Kansas, both real smiling and fake smiling have been scientifically proven to lower your heart rate and reduce stress.
Further, studies on smiling have proven that when you are feeling down, faking a smile can make you feel happier! The opposite is also true; expressing a sad face will make you feel badly or make you feel more unpleasant and/or feel more pain.
What’s even more interesting is that a study at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who have received botox injections that hinder their ability to frown are, on average happier than people who can physically frown. Of course, more research needs to be done here, but this is a promising life hack for an instant feel good… No, not botox, rather, turning that frown upside down!
How to Put on a Fake Smile for Instant Happiness
An easy trick for faking a smile: simply stick a small pen in your mouth horizontally causing you to make a smile-like expression. Or, simply look in the mirror and smile!
The next time you’re feeling stressed or blue, just “grin and bear it!”. All it takes is a beautiful fake smile sometimes.
Resources: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/smiling-happy1.htm http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smile-it-could-make-you-happier/ http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/smiling-facilitates-stress-recovery.html http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-forcing-a-smile-genuinely-decreases-stress/260513/ http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/why-its-healthy-fake-smile