Happiness vs Crow’s Feet: Which One Do You Prefer?
Fri, 8 February 2013 9:56AM
I’m a certified smiler. Yep, I lift my lips in, oh I don’t know, 98% of pictures taken of me. Isn’t that what you’re meant to do?
Well, apparently not. As I peruse the hundreds of Facebook photos flung at me everyday, it’s suddenly becoming obvious that true, honest, happy-go-lucky smiles are slowly being phased out by the duckface. Such a shame!
After doing a quick quiz amongst my group of girlfriends, they surmised that those fancy-free smiles have one serious downfall – accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. Especially around the eyes. Thus, when you pout your lips ever so gently, without causing your lines to wrinkle, you get the best of both worlds: a smile (of sorts) and fewer crow’s feet.
Or so the theory goes.
But there’s one little crinkle in this wrinkly theory. Science has proven that activating those wrinkles around your eyes is like an emotion meter – switching them on, or showing ‘real’ emotion through a genuine smile, triggers your brain to produce less of the stress hormone, ergo, making you feel happier, calmer and generally more joyful. Hence, why a genuine smile is associated with such things.
However, when you spend your life worrying more about your wrinkles than your wellbeing, it might be time to reassess your priorities. Why? Because further studies in this field have shown that people who literally laughed in the face of wrinkles and proudly showed-off their smiles lived about seven years longer than those who opted for the duckface or deadpan. Seven years. More astonishingly, it has been shown that smiling more has been linked to happier marriages and lives in general, and less ’OMG’ moments down the track.
And so it’s established; the more we genuinely smile, the happier we are. So could we suggest that too much botox around your crow’s feet could, inevitably, lead to an inability to genuinely smile, which could, perhaps, make your stress hormones increase? Or do you think a smile is a smile no matter what the (un-wrinkly) circumstance? You tell me.
Are your a true-blue smiler?
Or do you actively try to avoid creasing your crow’s feet?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope