Grinning and bearing it gets us through many of life’s tricky situations.
But researchers have found smiling really does help reduce stress – and boost the health of the heart.
A study from the University of Kansas investigated the potential benefits of smiling by looking at how different types of smiling, and the awareness of smiling, affects a person’s ability to recover from episodes of stress.
Study author Tara Kraft said: ‘Age old adages, such as ‘grin and bear it’ have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events.
‘We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits.’
The team found smiling could indeed influence our physical state.
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