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!”

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