01 August 2012

Smiling lowers stress levels

Researchers subjected college students to anxiety-inducing tasks and found that those who smiled through them appeared to have less stress.

Stressed out? Turn that frown upside down and you might just feel better, new research contends.

"Age-old adages, such as 'grin and bear it,' have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life's stressful events," Kraft said in a journal news release. "We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits."

How the study was done


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