Is Botox Smoothing Out Our Emotional Wrinkles?
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Read an interesting news account today concerning a side-effect of Botox, When it's used to smooth away forehead wrinkles and between-the-eyes frown lines, apparently people not only LOOK less grumpy, they actually FEEL less grumpy.
Hmmmm. I've known for a long time that if I "put a smile on my face", I actually feel happier.
So why shouldn't the reverse be equally true? Eliminate the frowns, eliminate the bad mood?
And if that's the way Botox works, why should this be such a creepy idea?
I'm not sure. But maybe it has something to do with the fact that I CAN put a smile on my face and feel happier; but once I'm Botoxed I'm no longer choosing not to frown, I'm just incapable of frowning.
Are we just trying to persuade ourselves that it's a good idea to eliminate almost all negative emotion? Think of how often you've heard someone say in the last several years, "I'm just not comfortable with that . . . " as if no other explanation is required for declining to engage in the uncomfortable activity. In other words, we're entitled not to feel uncomfortable. Pretty much ever.
Whereas almost everything worth achieving involves tolerating discomfort, to some degree. Often to an extreme degree, actually. Weight loss certainly does. Weight loss maintenance even more so.
Does that thought put a frown on my face? Yup, sometimes.
But I'm really not looking to eliminate all discomfort. Because that would really eliminate a lot of meaningful achievement. I'm not ready to have that frown capacity Botoxed away . . . or all the laugh lines around my eyes either!! Guess I'm prepared to wear the face I've got. The body, too. By the time you get to be my age (61) , most of us have pretty much earned 'em both . . . the hard way.