The Benefits of Smiling

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The aphorism ‘Fake it till you make it’ is a common part of the American lexicon that encourages us to act confident as a strategy for realizing the optimism we project.

In a new study from researchers at the University of South Australia, researchers have found that smiling even when forced tricks the neurological system to be more positive.

Published in Experimental Psychology, the researchers measured the effects of smiling when natural and induced on how the muscles convey neurological stimuli that trigger more positive responses. In both scenarios, whether forced or natural because they replicate the same muscular movement produce the same results.

Facial muscular activity generates more positive emotions.

Human and artificial cognition expert, UniSA’s Dr Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos said, “When your muscles say you’re happy, you’re more likely to see the world around you in a positive way.”

“In our research we found that when you forcefully practice smiling, it stimulates the amygdala—the emotional centre of the brain—which releases neurotransmitters to encourage an emotionally positive state.”

Additionally, Dr Marmolejo-Ramos says the results of their research have profound impacts for mental health and hopes they will be used going forward.

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