The science behind smiling
When we feel good, our brain feels good and tells us to smile, but did you know that the reverse is also true? Smiling can change our brain, through the powerful feedback loop. When we smile (even when you don’t feel like smiling), we send signals to our brain which activates happy chemicals in our brain called endorphins, which instantly make us feel good. So putting on a forced, fake smile can will make you feel happy instantly!
Real vs. Fake Smiles – can we tell the difference?
Whenever we smile, there are 2 main muscles involved. The first one is the zygomaticus major and it controls the corners of your mouth. If this is the muscle only activated, it’s not actually a genuine smile. Scientists call this also the “social” smile. The second muscle, known to show sincerity is the obicularis occuli and it encircles our eyes.
The true smile also called the duchenne smile, named after the scientist who discovered this. Here is a comparison:
Our brain can in fact distinguish very easily between what’s real and what’s fake. It’s all in the eyes…
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