Fake a Smile to Have a Better Day

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 139

It’s true that happy people smile. But it may also be true that people feel happy because they smile.

Faking a smile might boost your mood, reduce your stress, and help you bounce back from challenges fast.

But, you may have also heard about the dangers of forcing a smile when you aren’t feeling it. After all, aren’t you repressing your emotions?

There’s a difference between faking a smile for someone else’s benefit and giving yourself a smile to boost your mood. This episode will explain what research says about this. 

I also explain how a fake smile impacts your brain, when to try it, and what benefits you can expect.

And if you aren’t able to force a smile sometimes because you’re just not feeling it, that’s OK too. This episode shares another strategy that works well for those days when you can’t seem to muster a fake smile. 

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