The obvious reason to smile is that it makes you look friendly and approachable. I have a problem with RBF, for those of you who don’t know that means I have Resting Bitch Face. Yes this means that even when I’m not mad I look mad. Someone else I know always smiles and that is why she is always approached by friendly people.
But if you are mad how do you make yourself feel better? Or if you’re sad for that matter? Studies have found an interesting answer: Smile. Psychology studies have found that smiling even when you don’t feel like it triggers a response inside of your mind. The movement of muscles into a smile triggers specific reactions in the brain. These reactions then work to make you feel happier.
I began trying this myself after reading an article on this a few months ago. At first I was as skeptical as the next person. Why would forcing myself to smile make me feel better? Wouldn’t it just make me look like a lunatic? Well once I began doing it surprise surprise, I actually did feel better.
It did not work every time, some times just smiling isn’t enough. Sometimes you just need to sit on your couch, cry, and eat bon bons. But for little things, even just waking up on the wrong side of the bed, putting a smile on your face can help.
The best part is that when you smile you actually feel happier, which over time gives you a more positive outlook on life. The more I smile the more I find myself focusing on better things and being more optimistic. For those who know me that is a great feat for a few simple muscle movements.
So the next time you feel yourself getting down or just feeling like bleh follow doctor’s orders: rearrange some facial muscles and turn that frown upside down.
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Alyssa 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂