We all know that smiling can be good for you, that even a bit of fake smiling can release a few feel good endorphins and make us feel better. However, this fascinating piece of research takes it a step further. Your smile can be your fortune (teller).
The research was undertaken by the University of California, where psychologists studied photos of 112 women taken for their year books in 1958. Using a process which noted the degree of muscle contractions in their faces they were able to gauge the levels of positive emotion displayed (i.e. how happy they seemed).
They then followed them up more than three decades later. They found that those who had photos showing genuine, happy smiles had become more organised, were higher achievers, and had the most positive attitudes towards marriage and personal well being and generally felt happier about their lives.
That will make me think next time I’m posing for a photo…
The smiling woman above is the very successful Anita Amand.
Listen to me talking about my Speak Up course here.
Posted on November 2nd, 2016 by Jane