Forcing a Smile May Improve Your Mood, Study Suggests

By Elizabeth Millard, August 28, 2020

This study highlights a potentially curious feedback loop between external appearance and internal feelings, according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “There could well be a link between how we appear and how we feel, whether we are forcibly smiling or simply frowning less,” he says, adding that this is highlighted by a previous study2 that linked Botox injections in improved depression scores. Does that mean faking a few moments of happiness could lead to the real thing? The recent research, as well as previous studies, suggest that could be true, Dimitriu says.

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