I was prowling around the world of Anti-Aging this morning (it’s always fun to see what the other side is up to) and stumbled on a site that gave surprisingly good advice. Here is the core of their advice on preventing the aging of your skin.
There is one other simple thing that can be used as an anti aging remedy — a smile. When we smile or laugh, the face conducts an active movement. Smiling or laughing can be called facial gymnastics. If we do intentionally smile or laugh when we see something funny, the movement of the facial muscles during smiling or laughing helps reduce wrinkles, lines and other aging symptoms.
Start your day with a smile, a smile accompanied with sincerity. Besides helping your skin, it can make your heart happy. A smile is an anti aging remedy that can make you look younger. So smile
Yeah. Smiling. It’s awesome.
Here is a study that looks at the impact of facial expressions on mood.
Kleinke et al. had students view photographs or slides of people with either positive facial expressions (smiling) or negative facial expressions (frowning). Participants in the control group just viewed the photos or slides, participants in the expression group were instructed to mimic the facial expression, and participants in the expression-mirror group matched the expression with the aid of looking in a mirror.
[A] mood scale was administered before and after viewing the photographs/slides and change in mood was used as the dependent variable. In the first experiment, the participants also completed a self-consciousness scale in which they indicated their agreement with statements such as “I’m always trying to figure myself out.”
As found in other studies, facial expressions did affect the participants’ mood: Mood did not change in the control group who simply viewed the expressions. Participants who matched the positive expressions experienced a positive change in mood (they were in a more positive mood after making positive facial expressions) and participants who matched the negative expressions experienced a negative change in mood.
Participants who were more self-conscious showed greater changes in mood following making the positive or negative expressions. Kleinke et al. conclude that this finding indicates that self-conscious people are more in-tune with themselves and therefore more responsive to mood-inducting experiences.
Participants who watched their expressions in a mirror also showed a greater change in mood. It seems that the visual feedback adds to the proprioceptive self-awareness of mood-related facial expression.
Overall, this study adds to the facial feedback theory of emotion by demonstrating that a personality characteristic of self-consciousness and visual feedback both add to the effect of facial expression on emotion.
Emphasis mine. More HERE
Smiling will not prevent aging but it is good for you and those of us who are aging. We should do more things that are good for us and fewer things that are bad for us, no matter what our age might be.