Smile Your Stress Away

Never underestimate the power of a smile. Whether it is genuine or imitated, producing a smile recruits muscles around the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, which tells the brain the body is experiencing happy and positive emotions. Research on this phenomenon revealed participants who replicated a genuine smile were “less stressed and showed faster physiological recovery from stressful tasks” compared to those faking smiles or not smiling at all. This approach of activating smiling muscles to reduce stress can be broadened to the whole body by drawing awareness to the body’s response to stress. This can be done by consciously scanning physical feelings from head to toe, tensing and then releasing all muscles, or mindful breathing. So go ahead…activate those happy muscles in your face to experience a boost in positivity during stressful situations or when you need a pick-me-up!


About ACI Specialty Benefits

ACI Specialty Benefits ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), corporate wellness programs, student assistance, corporate concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. ACI partners with clients to Perk Up employee engagement and performance with benefit programs that improve morale, productivity and the bottom-line. With a 95% customer retention rate and over 7 million lives covered. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit or call 800.932.0034.
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