Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just for fun, I decided to google that old saying about how it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I was glad to see that researcher-par-excellence Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes has a lengthy article here: www.snopes.com/science/smile.asp
She even mentions a parody of the adage that points out that
(a) scientists who research such things have way too much time on their hands,
(b) since frowning takes more muscles, then it must also burn more calories!
Maybe SP should add frowning to the fitness tracker as exercise?!
Although they can't agree on the actual number of muscles involved, those who study these things do agree that smiling can have the effect of making the smiler feel happier. Mikkelson says, "Facial expressions do not merely signal what one feels but actually contribute to that feeling." Not that this means we should all go around with phony smiles on our faces. But if slapping on a smile makes the day a little brighter, I'm sure going to give it a try.
The article also points out that people tend to respond in kind to the facial expressions they meet. No surprise there, really. It seems that it's difficult for us humans to smile back when someone frowns at us, or to frown when met with a smiling face. Just try it sometime!
With all that in mind, I decided to rearrange my Spark friends on my Spark page to show those who have a nice, big, smiling head shot for their profile photo. I love you all, dear Spark friends, but it makes me smile to see them smile, and I've been needing some smiles lately.
I hope they make you smile, too, when you visit my page.
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