(Telegraph) Fake smiling makes you miserable
Pretending to be happy can actually make you more miserable – especially if you’re a woman, according to a new study.
Researchers found that walking around with a forced smile and faking happiness simply led to people feeling gloomier. So, putting a brave face on your woes could actually be counterproductive.
The research found that women suffered more than men when pretending to be happy.
Psychologist Dr Brent Scott, who led the study, said employers should take note because forcing workers to smile when dealing with the public can backfire.
He said: “Smiling for the sake of smiling can lead to emotional exhaustion and withdrawal, and that’s bad for the organisation.”