Have you ever experienced a stressful situation that left your heart pounding and your body tense? Did the effects linger for a long while after? Or have you been going through an especially challenging emotional time and feel like you are constantly tense and uncomfortable? The solution can start with something as simple as a smile.
Researchers at the University of Kansas Department of Psychology have discovered that simply smiling a big wide smile actually reduces the body’s reaction to stress compared to a group that was exposed to stressful stimuli and held a neutral expression.
Even if you don’t feel like smiling give it a shot and see how you feel the next time you are faced with something uncomfortable.