Not always the best medicine: Why frequent smiling can reduce wellbeing

  title={Not always the best medicine: Why frequent smiling can reduce wellbeing},
  author={A. Labroo and A. Mukhopadhyay and P. Dong},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Social Psychology},
  • A. Labroo, A. Mukhopadhyay, P. Dong
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Abstract Conventional wisdom (and existing research) suggests that the more people smile, the more positive they feel, and positive feelings are known to enhance wellbeing. Across three studies, instead, we show more frequent smiling does not always increase happiness, and as a consequence, wellbeing. Frequent smiling results in more wellbeing than infrequent smiling only among people who interpret smiling as reactive or reflecting happiness. Among people who interpret smiling as proactive and… CONTINUE READING
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