Stressed? Boost Heart Health by Smiling

A study to be published in the upcoming issue of Psychological Science, reports that smiling during stressful periods of time, as simple as it may sound, can reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response and protect the heart. Psychological scientists found that forcing muscles to express a smile after stressful activities would lower heart rate compared to people who held neutral facial expressions. How often do you recommend patients to smile to alleviate stress and help their heart?

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