April 18, 2021•118 words
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I'm currently going through some negative events in my life, from academic, to work, to family, and to relationships.
I have to remind myself: Smile. You will automatically feel better. You can trick your brain this way. Try it the next time you feel down.
Studies have indicated doing the act of smiling, even if it's a fake one, such as the facial movement forced by holding a pencil between your teeth, will lead to your brain releasing chemicals that induce a positive emotional response.
(Side note: My face does get tired holding a fake smile for too long though.)
Similarly, scowling can make you angrier, and frowning can make you feel sadder.