April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
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Smile! According to a new study out of the University of Kansas, putting on a happy face can actually make you feel better.
"Age old adages, such as 'grin and bear it' have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life's stressful events," researcher Tara Kraft, a graduate student in clinical psychology, says in a statement. "We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits."
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Study participants who made themselves smile, either physically (using chopsticks to make their mouths form the shape of a smile) or by just plain-old smiling, had lower heart rate levels after recovery from stressful activities, though "real" smiles, involving the whole face, had a stronger