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Lifting Our Spirits Quick Tips - Smile

Saturday, August 17, 2019

It’s so simple, you’d think it couldn’t work as well as it does, but really, forcing yourself to slap a grin on your face when you’re feeling down can actually boost your mood.

Lifestyle expert, Jennifer Winsor advises, "Research has shown that when we smile, whether it’s a fake smile or one that’s the real deal, our brain releases feel good endorphins throughout our bodies. Use your body’s automatic response to your advantage and trick your brain into making yourself feel happier. It might feel awkward at first, but try putting on a big, huge smile and see for yourself the way your mood is instantly boosted.”

And, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Pain found expressing an emotion can make you feel that emotion, even if you’re faking it at first.

So, to lift your spirits, turn that frown upside down!!!

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