Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process called the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. Stress is part of life, and it affects everyone at one time or another. A certain amount of stress energizes people, improving performance and efficiency. It’s only when stress builds too high that problems can develop. Stress also causing major damage to one’s health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
How can smiling help reduce stress:
Previous studies have shown that positive emotions can help during times of stress and that smiling can affect emotion. In a study forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas investigate the potential benefits of smiling by looking at how different types of smiling, and the awareness of smiling, affects individuals’ ability to recover from episodes of stress. Their findings showed that smiling during brief stressors can help to reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response, regardless of whether a person actually feels happy.