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The Psychology of Smiling - University of the Rockies professor offers tips for feeling better in any situation
DENVER, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smiling comes naturally when you're happy, an outward expression of the joy within. In fact, the physical act of putting on a smile seems to be a mood booster.
Why? Studies suggest that smiling activates areas of the brain associated with reward and triggers release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Smiling also appears to stimulate responses in areas of the brain involving cognition and emotional processing. Plus, there appears to be a link between smiling and factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, and other stress level indicators.
So, the next time you're stuck in traffic, waiting on hold or dealing with a rude salesperson, consider smiling. It might make you feel better and even lower your blood pressure a little.
Dr. David Solly, a professor at University of the Rockies, a graduate institution specializing in social and behavioral sciences, offers these tips for using smiling for better well-being, especially to overcome tension:
As all mothers with babies, BFFs and care givers know, smiling usually elicits positive feelings and often sparks a positive reaction in others.
"Research is ongoing into the science behind the phenomenon of smiling, and we are coming to understand more about the role that smiling plays in our own minds and bodies, as well as in the minds and bodies of others," said Solly.
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