1. Home

  2. Habit Directory

  3. Forced Smile
Forced Smile

Forced Smile

Discover More Habits
Forced Smile infographic
Pencil icon

Description

Forced smiling is a simple and easy technique to give yourself a quick mood-boost! Forcing yourself to smile can trick your brain into believing you are actually happy and release the corresponding neurotransmitters [1].

Question mark icon

How to Do It

Just smile for 2-3 minutes.

Finger up icon

Benefits

Momentarily increases feelings of pleasure.

Improves emotional response to stress [2]

Clock icon

Time Commitment

As long as you can hold the smile.

Gear icon

Why it works

Forced smiling involves a process called facial feedback. By producing the facial expression of a particular emotion on your face, your brain gets tricked into believing that you are actually experiencing this emotion [2]. A cascade of neurophysiological processes corresponding to that emotion are set in motion.

Calendar icon

Suggested Frequency

  • As often as you can.
Article icon

Supporting Studies and Articles

  1. Kraft, T. L., & Pressman, S. D. (2012). Grin and bear it: The influence of manipulated facial expression on the stress response. Psychological Science, 23(11), 1372–1378. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612445312
  2. Söderkvist, S., Ohlén, K., & Dimberg, U. (2018). How the Experience of Emotion is Modulated by Facial Feedback. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 42(1), 129–151. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-017-0264-1
Warning icon

Side Effects

None

Gear icon

Required Equipment

None

Clock icon

Suggested Time of Day

Whenever you feel you want to boost your mood.

Notes icon

Notes

  • Increases in pleasure do not persist after 5 minutes [1] .
  • You can also put a pen between your teeth and bite it gently. This will activate the same key muscles that are involved in a genuine smile. 

Category icon

Category

 Mood  Confidence  Health
Discover More Habits

More Habits

Rate Habit

Forced Smile

Contact us

 

 

 

 

Thank you

Thank you for your message. It has been sent.

Close