mood alteration effects of smiling

From: Doug Skrecky (
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 09:51:16 MST

The following snippet suggests an interesting exercise!


     "Force yourself to give a wide, eye-crinkling grin and
you'll activate pleasure centers in your brain, feel better
instantly. Not just any smile will do, though, according to
a report in Psychological Science. To induce the kind of
brain changes that occur during moments of spontaneous
joy, you need to involve the muscle that runs from cheekbones
to corners of the lips, and muscles that circle each eye. A
polite or grin-and-bear-it smile will have no mood-altering effect."

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