Can smiling more trick you into being happy (if you’re not feeling it)?
- Hazel Butterfield
- 04 April 2023
How many reasons do you need to smile?
Yes, smiling more can trick your brain into feeling happier. When you smile, even if it's forced or fake, it sends a signal to your brain that you are happy, which releases certain hormones, such as dopamine and endorphins, that make you feel good. This is sometimes referred to as the "facial feedback hypothesis."
In fact, studies have shown that intentionally smiling can improve mood and reduce stress levels, even if the smile is not genuine. So if you're feeling down, try smiling more often, even if you have to force it at first. It might just help improve your mood and make you feel happier!
Time To Take Action
I am terrible at smiling. Whether I am happy or not, it just doesn’t naturally sit on my face, even since I was a kid. Pouting, I can do and generally is preferable to the way a smile looks on me. As it doesn’t naturally sit on my face, it looks scarily albeit unintentionally, bordering on demented.
So I have stuck random post it notes about my house and workstation to remind me to smile, to try and accustom my face to it. Honestly. Many things in life take practice and I’m hoping this is similar.
Who knows, in no time my Instagram could be filled with lashings of smiley updates.
If all else fails maybe this will help – “Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you’re up to.”