Starting with Charles Darwin, scientists have observed that smiling is not only a positive response mechanism, but can also induce positive emotions in and of itself.


Studies indicate that self-conscious people are best at channeling their smile into positivity, but that there is a robust effect across numerous studies that were conducted on this subject!  Not only do studies indicate that a smile is translated into positive feelings, but other associated autonomic responses may also occur.[1]

So next time you’re stressed, or feeling down, summon some energy to lift the corners of your mouth upward and smile! At the very least a genuine smile will put others at ease and hopefully help you find some space to work through your problems.

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