Even Fake Smiles May Help Heart During Stress

During a busy stressful day, remember how much control you can have over your stress level by meditation, deep breathing, and — that’s right, SMILING!

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – A fake smile might be better for you than no grin at all, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Kansas discovered that if people were told to hold a facial position similar to smiling — whether they knew they were supposed to be grinning or not — they had lower heart rates after a stressful situation.

“This is not going to cure you if you have chronic stress or a major life event like a tornado,” Dr. Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology and co-author of the study, told HealthPop. “But, it’s almost impossible to be really angry or really stressed with this big smile on your face. You can’t help but reduce that negative effect.”

For the study, 169 college-aged subjects, equally split between men and women, were trained to hold chopsticks in certain ways with their mouth either to…

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