Stress can be smiles better with a grin!
GRINNING and bearing it could help reduce stress, according to scientists.
Experts took 169 people and divided them into three groups and asked each to pull a different facial expression: a neutral expression, a standard smile or a full-face smile.
Participants were then studied as they worked on multitasking activities, designed to be stressful.
They held chopsticks in their mouth as researchers measured their heart rates and self stress levels.
Those who smiled, particularly those with full-face smiles, were found to have lower heart rate levels.
Dr Sarah Pressman, of the University of Kansas, said “The next time you are stuck in traffic, or are experiencing some other type of stress, hold a smile for a moment.
“It might actually help your heart health!”