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Facial expressions can change your life and make you an happier person. Learn this one-minute trick with GetSmily.

Your face is the mirror of your mood

Remember the last time you were upset. That day, there was no way you could change your mind: you felt sadness, fear or anger, and you thought you had the damn right to feel that way. Anyone close enough to you could have said you were in a bad mood. They were able to guess your emotional state thanks to your body language and your facial expressions.

These facial emotions (joy, anger, disgust, sadness, contempt, fear or surprise) are universal; they are expressed in every part of the globe, and even by people who have not seen a smiling face in their life, like people born blind for instance. Those facial expression were among the only ways for our ancestors to prevent danger or to share their joy. This evolutionary advantage is also a reason why we emphasise more on negative feelings than on positive one and why customers speaks 2 times more about negative experiences than about positive purchases.

Thankfully, those facial expressions are not only useful to read your mind, but they can help you change your life.

Emotion is not a one-way road

The fabulous thing about facial expressions is that they are not a one-way process.

Okay, when you’re angry, you make your worst face. Even if you force yourself to look angry, your heart rate speed up and you dilate your blood vessels. Wonderfully, this is also true when you smile!

Try it now : force yourself to smile for 30 seconds and you will feel happier :-). Your brain’s regions dedicated to feel the emotions and to express them are just working together.

Now you understand how it may have a deep impact on your life and make you an happier person.

The next time you’ll be upset, tired or sad, think about this GetSmily’s tip and smile for a minute: first it will be difficult, but soon, your problems will seem futile and you will go on with your day in a good mood.

David is an entrepreneur and a digital marketing professional with 17+ years’ experience. He owns an Executive MBA from the Louvain School of Management. He also gives lectures in Belgian business schools.

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