Psychologists find smiling actually can make people happier

Source: University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Smiling really can make people feel happier, according to a new article. A team of psychologists combined data from 138 studies testing more than 11,000 participants and found that facial expressions have a small impact on our feelings.



  • Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl.

  • But psychologists have actually disagreed about this idea for over 100 years.

  • These disagreements became more pronounced in 2016, when 17 teams of researchers failed to replicate a well-known experiment demonstrating that the physical act of smiling can make people feel happier.

  • Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers combined data from 138 studies testing more than 11,000 participants from all around the world.

  • According to the results of the meta-analysis, facial expressions have a small impact on feelings.

Smiling makes people feel happier, scowling makes them feel angrier, and frowning makes them feel sadder

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