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Why You Should Stop Faking It (Your Smile, That Is)

Written on February 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm , by

Photo by Fernando Milani

Photo by Fernando Milani

While previous studies have recommended smiling, even when you don’t feel like it, to cheer yourself up, new research suggests that putting on a fake smile might actually make you feel worse.

Scientists followed a group of bus drivers for two weeks and found that the those who forced smiles felt worse and did not perform well at work while those who smiled genuinely felt better and were more productive.

So if faking a cheerful disposition won’t do, what are your go-to pick-me-ups? (Treating myself to a soy latte always works!) Share your guaranteed mood-boosters in the comments below!

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  • http://www.HealthyBoomerBody.com healthy boomer

    Looking at photos of my kids or of me and my sibs when we were younger. LOL!

  • http://www.examiner.com/running-fitness-in-cincinnati/sarah-buelterman Sarah

    Participating in any type of activity where I feel a sense of accomplishment (volunteering, a grueling workout, publishing an article) is truly a great feeling. But then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes all I need is a great episode of Modern Family to cure my blues!