wheeee - more proof of smiling helping health, whether a sincere smile or not
extract from the study ...
The results suggest that smiling may actually influence our physical state: ... participants who were instructed to smile, and in particular those with genuine smiles, had lower heart rate levels after recovery from stressful activities.
These findings show 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.
“The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress,” says Pressman, “you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well!”
so.. carry on smiling