Smiling was always considered to be good for health and now a new study shows that even a forced smile can generate positive emotions. Even if you just mimic smiling by moving your facial muscles, it can have a positive effect on the brain, the study says. According to the lead researcher, they have found through the study that a forced smile not only improves the mood but allows people to see the world positively.
The researchers asked the participants to hold a pen between their teeth, to lift the corners of the mouth, in an attempt to create a fake smile. According to one of the researchers, despite their smiles being fake, the effects were the same, as the brains don’t know the difference. The research found that if you force a smile, it can trigger the amygdala, which is a collection of cells, and releases neurotransmitters to create an emotionally positive state. The amygdala is considered a component of the limbic system and plays roles in emotion and behavior.
The research also found a feedback loop between external appearance and internal feelings. He also said that this was found in a previous study that showed Botox injections can improve depressions scores. So, can a fake smile be really helpful and lead to the real thing. He believes it can be true as it is shown in recent and previous researches.
An important question here is whether there are disadvantages of faking a smile. Dimitri says there are not many downsides of acting happy even if you are not, as there is a strong chance it can help in creating an overall positive outlook. If you practice fake smiles consistently, you won’t have to do it for the long-term, which can benefit both physical and mental health. Another expert suggests that even if there are benefits of fake smiling, we should carefully examine how it can affect us.