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This is the reason why you need to smile more

18 December 2021, Seytoo
This is the reason why you need to smile more

“Remember to smile, you will reduce the possible aggressiveness of your interlocutors.”

It's commonplace: a smile is a non-verbal indicator of happiness. What if smiling (voluntarily) induces a state of greater bliss, greater well-being? This is what two researchers sought to demonstrate through a recent study that reported surprising results: smiling could have a beneficial effect on stress.

Smiles are generally divided into “standard smiles” which involve the muscles around the mouth, and “genuine smiles” which use the muscles surrounding both the mouth and the eyes. It is the second type of smile that most influences our physical state.

How does it work? It seems that smiling, like laughing elsewhere, could affect the stress hormone.

You've probably noticed by now that it is difficult to be or stay aggressive when you smile. Indeed, it, given or received, brings about positive thoughts and, suddenly, lowers the level of stress and aggression. To consume without moderation within our family and our couple!

This is what a guy said to himself when he saw the results of this study. This prompts him to regain courage. Indeed, he deplores that his wife very often displays an annoyed and sulky face. He doesn't know how to help her see life in a more optimistic light. Greater control over her facial expressions will undoubtedly help his wife feel more comfortable about life. By offering a more muddy face, it will also attract more pleasant reactions from its interlocutors. Isn't this also what the Scout Law says when it proposes that the “Scout smiles and sings in difficulties?”

Once again, our researchers have the good taste to experiment scientifically with what we have known for almost a long time. We ask supermarket checkouts to always offer their customers a smile: “Remember to smile, you will reduce the possible aggressiveness of your interlocutors.”
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