Grin and Bare It


Grin and Bare it

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Grin and Bare it.” There are benefits galore from smiling and laughing.  Studies have found that a smile that reaches the eyes as opposed to a forced smile, relieves stress more effectively.

Smiles are generally divided into two categories: standard smiles, which use the muscles surrounding the mouth, and genuine, (or Duchenne smiles), which engage the muscles surrounding both the mouth and eyes.

Previous research shows that positive emotions can help during times of stress and that smiling can affect emotion; however, this is first of its kind to experimentally manipulate the types of smiles people make in order to examine the effects of smiling on stress.“..Huffpost Lifestyle (click above link)

Have you noticed a laughing fit gives you a wonderful sense of wellbeing? Laughing releases dopamine, which produces feelings of happiness. So LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH!

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One Response to Grin and Bare It

  1. Sherri Swenson says:

    I like your play on words…I would rather grin and bare it than to grin and bear it! Good article. This is why when I need a boost, I call my mom or my sister :)

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