Two new studies relating to stress brings about interesting results.
Researchers at the University of Westminster in London, UK compared how stressed versus non-stressed men responded to pictures of female bodies varying from emaciated to obese. Results show that the stressed group of men gave significantly higher ratings to the normal-overweight group of women in the pictures than the non-stressed group did.
Psychological scientists at the University of Kansas, USA completed a new study due to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science. This study suggests that holding a smile on one’s face during periods of stress may help the heart.
So, it is recommended that you smile during brief periods of stress, as this may help reduce your body’s stress response, regardless of whether you actually feel happy or not!