An un­ex­pected health perk of a smile

First For Women - - Health -

It could set you up for health­ier food choices, re­port sci­en­tists in the jour­nal Ap­petite. In a small study, they gave women in­struc­tions that ei­ther in­duced smil­ing or frown­ing, then showed them pic­tures of un­healthy foods de­signed to trig­ger cravings. The sur­pris­ing re­sults: Women in the smil­ing group had 61 per­cent fewer cravings than those who had frowned. Ac­cord­ing to the study au­thors, “fa­cial feedback” like a smile pro­vides an in­stant mood boost, reg­u­lat­ing the emo­tional swings linked to food cravings.

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