Why a Pencil in Your Mouth Can Make You Happier

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Simple actions and behaviors can shape our emotions.

The topic of happiness has been studied for many decades and some researchers came up with an interesting thought. Simple actions of your body can affect your emotions. As a great example, there’s evidence that women with less confidence in leadership roles can feel empowered when they see a photograph of a powerful political female in front of them.

The same mechanism happens with a smile: “Being amused tends to make you smile and smiling tends to make you feel amused.” Some students were asked to rate how funny a cartoon was. And a surprising conclusion was made. Those who were holding a pencil in their mouth found the cartoon to be funnier.

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