Instant Mood-Booster: Smiling Can Save Your Relationship

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In an argument? Research shows that if you smile, happiness follows.

Major delays at the airport, never-ending traffic jams in the summer heat, getting lost (again) on the road when you're already running late: plenty of stressful situations are bound to sneak up on you this summer and cause tension between you and partner. But according to a new study from the University of the Rockies, there's an easy way to avoid another unnecessary argument with the one you love: Smile.

Yes, it's that simple. Turning that frown upside down doesn't just look prettier on your face — it can actually boost your mood. The reason is simple: it's harder to stay angry when you're grinning. The act of smiling actually evokes positive feelings and often sparks a positive reaction in others. 

 

And it's not just your mood that your smile is improving. According to the report, "there appears to be a link between smiling and factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, and other stress level indicators." Not only can your happiness be contagious to your partner, but he'll also be able to thank you for lowering his blood pressure a little.

"Research is ongoing into the science behind the phenomenon of smiling, and we are coming to understand more about the role that smiling plays in our own minds and bodies, as well as in the minds and bodies of others," said Dr. David Solly, a professor at University of the Rockies.

We get it: slapping on a grin from ear-to-ear is easier said than done when you've been sitting in traffic for two hours. So how you can use smiling to overcome those aggravating situations that get the best of you and your significant other? Keep Reading ...

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