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Does Smiling Create Happiness? – The Science Behind Your Smile Part 5

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Dr. Leslie Pitner.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh If an authentic (Duchenne) smile is caused by feeling happiness and joy, can smiling alone create these same good emotions in the brain? Paul Ekman joined with Richard Davidson, one of the world’s experts Read More

The Science Behind Your Smile, Part 2: A Smile is Universal

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Dr. Leslie Pitner. Tagged: ,

So when you break it down to its basic elements, what is a smile? In technical terms, a smile is caused by the firing of cranial nerve VII which then activates the zygomaticus major (cheek raising) and orbicularis oculi (eye crinkling) muscles. There are different types of smiles, each representing different points on the emotional Read More

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