For years I’ve told clients to put a “smile” on their face (gotta crinkle eyes too). I am not being flippant. Many years ago I read a research study that showed that the muscles involved in smiling signal the brain to release “happy” neurotransmitters. Now it turns out facial muscles signal the brain to release neurotransmitters for both “happy” and “mad”!
By Douglas Main
(Particularly in Italy . . .)
“Recent work has shown that emotions can be influenced by facial expressions and body posture. For example if you instruct people to smile or frown in a laboratory setting (without explicitly telling them the true nature of the experiment), they are more likely to report feelings of happiness or sadness, respectively. Neuroimaging studies (like this one) have also shown this link.”