Smiling makes me a happier person


this image shows my face smiling

Smiling makes me a happier person so I smile as much as I can – even on the computer (when I look up at the mirror and remember) When I get expression lines they’ll be happy lines.

I actually keep a mirror by my desk top computer. Its some company when I work on my own and I can also check my expression in it. See the photo  of my desk mirror in How to avoid Tech Neck

I sometimes have an I dunno/lets wait and see  expression too – but that makes downward lines.

The effect of smiling has been widely reported in the UK papers.
I’ve always believed it had an effect before I read the research and always smiled as much as possible for two reasons:
(1) Any regular expression will form facial lines. If I smile my expression lines will be happy lines not sad lines.
(2) I also believe that smiling even for basic daylight and breathing, actually makes me a happier person. Its a feedback effect
The research on smiling that I mentioned was a  meta analysis of 138 pieces of research. The Study is called
 “A half centuries worth of experimental findings does provide 
considerable evidence that smiles, frowns, scowls and other facial movements can affect emotional experience in a variety of scenarios. “
The research doesn’t indicate why the smile affects my emotions.
I think its because other people react better to smiley people.