Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Smile :)

http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/smiling.html#
When we are in a good mood, a broad smile gradually forms on our face. Though it's not natural to smile when we are in a bad mood, it turns out that putting a smile on our face can make us feel actual happiness, joy or amusement. Smiling on purpose changes the brain chemistry. Therefore, if people intentionally smile, they end up feeling the emotion they go with it. But how do you smile when you are down? When a person smiles, it uses all the muscles in the face, including the "laugh lines" around the eyes. Engaging all these muscles will help even a fake smile looks genuinely real.


Do you think a fake smile is the most effective way to life up the mood? Personally, I believe a fake smile is ineffective. Joker has smiled a lot but he doesn't look that happy to me. What do you think?

36 comments:

  1. I believe smiles are effective in lightening the mood because some people will feel better seeing another happy person even if that person really doesn't feel that happy on the inside. Smiling can give off a positive radiation to others, if not to yourself.

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  2. Smiling can make you happy and other people happy. So smile more. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

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  3. Fake smiles can feel artificial and contrived. Only genuine smiles help to lift spirits.

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  4. i don't agree with this article, i always have a smile on my face no matter what, but that doesn't mean im happy all the time.i worry about things just like anyone. sometimes when you fake a smile, your covering up the real problem that could be going on and no one will think you need help in life, becuaes your so called " happy"

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  5. If you have a problem that needs to be expressed and addressed, I believe a fake smile is not the right action. However, if all you need is a cheer-up, smiles and laughter seem like a great remedy. Not only will they improve your mood, but others as well.

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  7. Pretending to smile doesn't make you feel better when your upset, but it can make other people feel better that are around you. I believe that your mood can affect other peoples moods, so if your sad and depressed it may rub off on other people. If other people around you are happy than it may make you feel better too because they're happy emotions are affecting you. If your happy and other people are happy than everything will be good.

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  9. Sometimes when I'm feeling down I'll try to laugh a little bit, and it really does seem to lighten the load. I think it's really cool that the positions of your muscles have a measurable chemical impact on your emotions.

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  10. I thought that this article was very interesting. One of the ways I cope with a stressful or sad situation which is causing me to be unhappy is make fun of my self or joke, which causes me to take a step back and consider whether the issue bothering me is actually as bad as I think it is. In this way I totally think sometimes a fake smile can be a good thing. While it might not be THE most effective way to get into a good mood, it might help.

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  11. I thought that this article was very interesting. One of the ways I cope with a stressful or sad situation which is causing me to be unhappy is make fun of my self or joke, which causes me to take a step back and consider whether the issue bothering me is actually as bad as I think it is. In this way I totally think sometimes a fake smile can be a good thing. While it might not be THE most effective way to get into a good mood, it might help.

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  12. Smiling is a very effective way to lighten up the mood. It shows a person that you are happy and relaxed. Although it is not as effective, a fake smile would elicit a similar response.

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  13. I disagree with the article because I believe only true smiles make you happy, not fake smiles. If something is wrong, I don't see how a fake smile can make you feel happy because it's not taking the problem away, it's just letting others know you're "happy." Therefore, I say fake smiles affect other people's moods more than your own because it lightens up their mood, but nothing really happens to yours.

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  14. I feel like a fake smile mostly just helps cover your real feelings which can sometimes lift up your mood if it takes your mind off of what is putting you down. I read on Forbes that having a true full smile that involves your eyes as well as your mouth can most likely change your mood. I think that people can sometimes fake a smile to help them be happy, but I think there are other effective things to do such as watching America's Funniest Videos, listening to happy music, drawing, or playing with animals. Those things have helped me be happier.

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  15. I think that genuine happiness can only come from knowing that YOU are happy and knowing that OTHERS are happy as well. If you see someone with a genuine smile and you know that they are happy about something, it might make you happy, and if someone sees you with a genuine smile it might make them happy. However, if someone puts on a fake smile, it really changes the way that everyone thinks about smiling. It almost sounds similar to something like putting on too much makeup, how are you going to know who someone really is if they don't show their real self to you? I think that if this became a 'thing', it would make me trust others less.

    Do you think that going through your life smiling without actually meaning it would yield a meaningful life?

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  17. i think a fake smile is something that can impact your mood positively, but it is not the most effective way to lighten the mood. While it is fake, it can also spread a smile to someone else who may be having a bad day. Even though a fake smile is covering up how you really feel, i think it shows that you are strong enough to get through whatever is happening that is getting you down. I do believe though that the intensity of the hardship you are going through definitely plays a part in this.

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  18. I think if you do something for awhile, it can become a habit. Happiness could be in this category, but it also couldn't be. I think that, like I said before, if you fake happiness, it could become habitual and become genuine happiness. On the other hand though, genuine happiness is a personal mental thing, so if you're not truly happy, it wouldn't be able to turn into true happiness. You can never know what someone's going through, so you might not be able to know if they're truly happy or not. Your physical gestures, like smiling, could be sending signals to people saying that you're happy, but inside you might not be so happy.

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  19. Faking a smile can be both good and bad. It helps hide the fact that you're actually not okay and makes it so people don't ask what's actually wrong. Yet faking a smile could hurt you more sometimes. You could feel really bad then fake a smile and it could lead to you feeling even worse since you're trying to be show others you're okay when you really aren't.

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  20. Fake smiles are stupid. Fake emotions are stupid. It's about 12:30am right now so I may just be in a weird mood, but I'm tired of hearing these studies that prove that "oh! Smiling makes you happier even if you don't mean it!" A person who truly does smile would know that they feel better. However a fake smile is obviously for the sake of others, so they don't get caught up in something you might be going through. It's so much easier to fake a smile rather than face the facts. And the facts are that a smile only helps other people's day, and not your own.

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  21. I disagree with the article because having a fake smile doesn't know show that you are happy. Even thought others see you happy, you're not actually happy. But I do think fakes smiles can help you to lift up your mood and it also makes you forget about your problems.

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  22. With this article my opinion is pretty neutral because I think a lot of it is how much the person is sad/angry. If a person is absolutely livid how much is faking a smile going to help them but if they're just a little upset about something then maybe its easy to fake a smile then feel better.

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  23. I can personally relate to this topic because there have been countless times where I've faked smiles to make sure others don't worry about me. I find myself doing this often even now, and instead I pretend like absolutely nothing is going on. Instead, I usually help them with their problems or talk about literally anything rather than my own personal issues. This helps me forget about what's going on in with me, and makes me feel good to make sure I'm helping someone else be happy at times when I'm not. I've discovered that doing this isn't exaclty 'healthy', and I've learned that maybe it's okay to fake smile to the public, but remember to show your true emotions in front of your closest family and friends. It's not good to keep emotions in, and it's probably best to have someone to talk to every now and then.

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  24. I feel that a smile is just part of making your self happy, personally i just try and all ways look on the bright side because being negative will never help any situation it could only make things worse. so a smile and a good attitude is all you need to be happy in my opinion

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  25. I feel that smiling is good for both the body and mind, as stated in the article. There have been many times where I've felt upset, or "just not up to it." In situations like that, I would fake a smile, and eventually, that smile would help me forget about my issues, just as Kelly mentioned earlier in her comment. According to the article, faking a smile while you're upset may actually make you feel better because eventually, after smiling and laughing for so long, your problems will dissipate from your memory for that time being. I do agree with this because it applies to me, however, I also believe that faking a smile all the time isn't very healthy for you because sometimes you just need to sulk or cry without having to be "strong" for yourself or others. All in all, smiling is a cure that can help you when you're upset, but you should never hide behind a fake smile because you're true colors will eventually find a way to come out.

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  26. I feel a fake smile is O.K. but generally I think having an actual smile is about 2 MILLION TIMES BETTER, because when you have an actual smile that means you are actually happy as apposed to a fake smile which means your only faking your happiness. I think the question about if Joker is really happy or not is a fantastic, but I think we really can't tell from the outside, I think the only way to tell is by being him. So we should all test out being the joker for awhile.

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  27. So if I am having a bad day at work and a customer walks in all happy with her kids and they are all smiling (I work at baby gap) it makes me a little happier so see other people happy. So I feel like this is somewhat true because you can fake yourself into being happy but in the long run you would probably realize that you're not truly happy so you need to find something that makes you happy.

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  28. While I don't agree that faking a smile will help you be happy, I do think that surrounding yourself with genuinely happy people will help lift your mood. Just like how negative people can ruin your mood.

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  29. I am intrigued by the psychological element of fake smiling. Why would a fake smile increase one's happiness? An internet search revealed that when certain muscles are used, different nerve responses are created. Since the muscles used for smiling are generally used when in a happy state, the brain connects the "smile muscle" nerve response to the part of the brain that processes happiness. I found this explanation to make sense according to how nerves and the brain work.

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  30. Faking a smile might lead you to be happy in the moment, but later on when you go home you are alone how is it that you can fake a smile then? You are then left feeling the same way. I oppose this argument and personally say there are other ways to make yourself happy. If you are having this feeling alone feeling you should surround yourself with people who dont make you feel alone. Involve your self in various activities to keep yourself busy so that you wont have to think about not being happy and in those moments when you are alone you yourself work on your happiness to make yourself happy in any way possible. But don't fake a smile to pretend to be happy make the change to be happy the happy you deserve to be.

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  31. Faking a smile might lead you to be happy in the moment, but later on when you go home you are alone how is it that you can fake a smile then? You are then left feeling the same way. I oppose this argument and personally say there are other ways to make yourself happy. If you are having this feeling alone feeling you should surround yourself with people who dont make you feel alone. Involve your self in various activities to keep yourself busy so that you wont have to think about not being happy and in those moments when you are alone you yourself work on your happiness to make yourself happy in any way possible. But don't fake a smile to pretend to be happy make the change to be happy the happy you deserve to be.

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  32. I believe that a fake smile might only help you forget about your unhappiness for a temporary period of time but the sadness won't truly go away. I am a generally happy person and I don't have to hide my emotions, but I feel that letting your emotions out rather than holding them inside Is more healthy and better for your well being overall, according to a study people who don't express feeling of anger sadness and other negative emotions and hold them in have higher chances for negative effects later in life like depression and possible emotional explosions.

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  33. Speaking from experience, fake smiles just bring you down even more. Nothing that's fake can be healthy for you. It puts me in an even worse mood when I try to fake a smile and I feel pathetic that I have to try and trick myself into being happy.

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  34. In my opinion faking a smile is usually ineffective. Sometimes it is used to cover up internal feelings from the view of others but you still can't help the way you feel inside. Although, when you do fake a smile the reactions from others (if they don't realize the fact that it's not real) can cause you to be happy. Positive energy is contagious. Besides this, pretending to smile and hiding behind a mask will not actually change your true emotions/feelings. All of this comes from personal experience and the experiences of close friends/family members.

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  35. One of the ways I cope with a stressful or sad situation which is causing me to be unhappy is make fun of my self or joke, which causes me to take a step back and consider whether the issue bothering me is actually as bad as I think it is. If you are having this feeling alone feeling you should surround yourself with people who dont make you feel alone.

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  36. I think that fake smiles are effective. Those days that you pass by someone that you dont even know and they go out of their way to smile at you , gives you some sort of positive feeling. I know that I have faked smiled at tons and tons of people on campus at Hillsdale because I want to be looked at as someone that is nice. If I were to just keep a straight face and blow right by a person they would automatically make an assumption that I did not like them or that I am "mean". I would rather be acknowledged with a smile then be walked past and ignored.

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