What Makes You Smile?

Posted by dianne on Sep 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

Scientific studies have shown that smiling can actually be the cause of good feelings rather than just the result. In Dr. Robert Zajonc’s study in the psychology department at the University of Michigan, volunteers who spoke sounds that put their features into a smiling pose such as the long e (ee) sound, reported pleasant feelings while repeating sounds that simulate a frowning expression, such as long u (oo) caused unhappy moods.

“I’m not saying that all moods are due to changes in the muscles of the face, only that facial action leads to changes in mood,” Zajonc said.

This is important information for those of us who are committed to living a happier life day by day. Smiles are important, and few repetitions of “eeee, eeee, eeee, could get you started. In fact, repeating that sounds for a few moments might even make you laugh.

What else might get those lips upturned? One way is to look at pictures that you know will make you smile. Pictures of babies and puppies work for me every time. I like wall calendars that feature as many different adorable little faces as possible.

You might also create your own gallery of smiling faces of your family and friends. Make it a point to take a close up photo of your nearest and dearest smiling. Arrange them in frames or make a collage to hang over your desk.

Those are my suggestions for putting a smile on your face. Now it’s your turn. What makes you smile? Email your answer and I will run your smile suggestions next month.

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By Dianne Morr, professional speaker and author of Ice the Burnout! 20 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Better. As a ghost writer, writing coach, editor and book shepherd, Dianne helps people write and publish books every day. Dianne@morrcreative.com.

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