Secret to a happier life: Stop frowning, start smiling

Researchers looked at nearly 50 years of data testing whether smiling can make people feel happier.

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Smiling is the key to being happy.
WASHINGTON: Smiling really can make people feel happier, according to researchers who looked at nearly 50 years of data testing whether facial expressions can lead people to feel the related emotions.

"Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl," said Nicholas Coles, PhD student at University of Tennessee in the US.

"But psychologists have actually disagreed about this idea for over 100 years," Coles said in a statement.


These disagreements became more pronounced in 2016, when 17 teams of researchers failed to replicate a well-known experiment demonstrating that the physical act of smiling can make people feel happier.

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"Some studies have not found evidence that facial expressions can influence emotional feelings," Coles said.

"But we can't focus on the results of any one study. Psychologists have been testing this idea since the early 1970s, so we wanted to look at all the evidence," he said.

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Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers combined data from 138 studies testing more than 11,000 participants from all around the world.

According to the results published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, facial expressions have a small impact on feelings.

Secret to a happier life: Stop frowning, start smiling
Frowning makes you sadder

For example, smiling makes people feel happier, scowling makes them feel angrier, and frowning makes them feel sadder.

"We don't think that people can smile their way to happiness," Coles said.

"But these findings are exciting because they provide a clue about how the mind and the body interact to shape our conscious experience of emotion. We still have a lot to learn about these facial feedback effects, but this meta-analysis put us a little closer to understanding how emotions work," he added.
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A daily exercise schedule in any form of physical activity for a period of 30-45 minutes is crucial to ensure that the arteries remain flexible.

Small changes in your physical activity can help in bringing positive change in your routine.

Studies have shown that brisk walking may add about two hours to the life expectancy of some adults.

Few changes in lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead the elevator, parking at the furthest end of a parking lot and taking a break from the office for a short walk during your lunch hour help in keeping the body in shape and inculcating a habit of healthy living.

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