ALICE Smile Research

WARNING: You don’t have to read all of the insane research on smiling below, but it brought a smile to everyone’s face here at ALICE.

 

Live Longer.

Smiling has been connected to living longer - as shown in the study which connected major league baseball players’ smiles with a longer life.  

More on the famously effective Duchenne smile.

Unequal Smiles.

The definitive and apparently the most boring of these studies is this one, "All Smiles are Not Created Equal: Morphology and Timing of Smiles." 

In his work, “Emotions Revealed,” Renowned psychologist and emotion-guru Paul Ekman describes how introducing conscious awareness to facial expressions can help one override and control their emotions.  Paul Ekman is generally considered to be the most renowned expert on the psychology of facial expressions - (Also watch this, on what smiling does to you, and this, on lying). 

People who smile are more productive.

A 2010 study by Andrew Oswald, a professor of economics at Warwick Business School in England, noted that employees who smile more often are significantly more productive and creative in the workplace.

A smile motivates the giver and receiver.

From NIH - The motivational power of a happy face.

Grin and Bear it - Forced Smiles at work, work.

In a 2012 study published in the journal Psychological Science, University of Kansas psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman studied 170 participants who were told to hold chopsticks in their mouths in three formations, making them smile to various degrees without realizing it, after performing a stressful task.

The experiment revealed that subjects who smiled the biggest with the chopsticks experienced a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery compared to those whose expressions remained neutral.

Smiles make you seem younger.

Hass NC, Weston TD, Lim S-L (2016) "Be Happy Not Sad for Your Youth: The Effect of Emotional Expression on Age Perception

Smiling actual is contagious.
Stevenson, S. "There's Magic in Your Smile." Psychology Today. June 25, 2012.

Smile and lose age/weight.
Adler, Eric. "Want to Look Thinner and Younger? UMKC Research Suggests That You Smile"

And last, but not least, we leave you with a song: 

Smile

By Nat King Cole

“Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though it's breaking

When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by

If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You'll see the sun come shining through for you”