Faking is fine… the body doesn’t know the difference! Many studies prove that forcing a smile or a happy thought produces the same results as really smiling or having positive thoughts. So smile away! 🙂
Research shows that people who laugh or smile, even when they don’t feel specially happy make electrical activity flow in their left hemisphere, the happy one.
Yes, that’s true. Natural smiles release neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin in your brain and thus make you feel better. And smiles not only relax your body… they also lower your heart rate and blood pressure. They trigger the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. But faking smiles also yields a similar result. If you force yourself to smile in a sad or upsetting situation, your body will also feel better. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and makes you feel happier.
I always tell my clients to smile as wide as they can whenever they’re feeling blue or angry and to observe how their mood slightly lifts. Then, they have to smile all over again and focus on the way their body slowly relaxes. The last time they smile widely, they already are feeling definitely better 🙂
Obviously, the results are even more pronounced if you laugh out loud, instead of just smiling. Let the laughter carry you!
Enjoy life, J.