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?

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  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 10:18am

    I hate the duck face I dont know why everyone does it.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 11:32am

    I love happiness and smiles, wish I had both more often really. I would rather live in a wrinkled filled world of smiling and laughter then a world without both.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 11:37am

    Smiling is so worth the wrinkles!! And you live longer!!

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 11:48am

    90% of your smile is with your eyes, the rest is your cheeks and mouth, how many duck face, or trout pout expressions (these are not smiles) do you see and the eyes are glazed over or blank looking.

  • Posted by: georgiamae83 Devotee // Fri, 8 February 2013 01:41pm

    Duck face, trout pout, fish lips. Urgh. These words are in no way associated with smiling! Everyone has a great smile, even if you don’t think you. Let loose, and smile with your whole face. Like you mean it! Same with laughing!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 01:57pm

    I was actually just looking at a couple of wedding photos and I had some fine smile wrinkles around my eye.
    Although its a gorgeous photo and a true happy smile, so i dont mind.

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 03:17pm

    Smiles for sure! What’s the point of living a wrinkle free life if you can never smile? Doesn’t sound like fun to me!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 03:41pm

    I don’t know what is wrong with my face but the skin around my eyes doesn’t actually wrinkle when I smile?? Maybe it will come with age? I’m not sure! Instead I get little smile wrinkles on the edge of my mouth, kind of like brackets ( ) haha, not the biggest fan but what can you do! Not quitting smiling ;)

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 04:36pm

    oh loopylexy, I wish I had the same thing ‘wrong’ with my face… ;)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 09:42pm

    true smiler :D

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 10:38pm

    ergh everyone just smile jeez! Crows feet show that you have lived a happy life, why would anyone consider avoiding it just to avoid wrinkles??? ridiculous!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 08:33am

    Give me a smile any day over the stupid duck face pout. Facebook is covered in these idiotic poses and I feel like slapping the girls that do it, they look ridiculous. Smiling actually helps stimulate the muscles around the eyes and probably helps keep them at bay, if anything.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 05:26pm

    I guess some people are natually more happier as well, I hate to show my teeth because ever since I was a little girl my mum used to tell me that my teeth were too yellow and that I needed to brush my teeth more. Since then my dentist has told me that my teeth are naturally yellow and that they are much stronger than the average set of teeth but because of my mum I am used to smiling with my lips shut, which then makes the smile smaller overall.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 11:12am

    well said Sparkles17 :D

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 10:17pm

    I’m definitely a smiler as opposed to a duckface-er.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Tue, 12 February 2013 11:24am

    I think the pouts look silly.
    A winning smile makes you look beautiful despite a few wrinkles.

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Tue, 12 February 2013 02:51pm

    I agree GE, one of my child-hood friends had wonky teeth and she ALWAYS did a closed mouth smile or only showed a little bit of tooth. You smile with your eyes anyway. She got her teeth straightened in her late 20’s and has a completely new smile…

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Sat, 16 February 2013 01:29pm

    I really don’t get the duck face plus with all that pouting no doubt you’ll create more fine lines around your lip area. Just smile and be happy everyone!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 20 February 2013 10:19am

    I hate that stupid pout so much. Unless you are a Vic Secret model like Miss Candice (pictured), then you just look like a try hard and complete tool.

    Rant over.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 20 February 2013 09:19pm

    great article

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 21 February 2013 03:41pm

    I love a big ol’ smile :)

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sun, 10 March 2013 01:41pm

    A natural smile is always more beautiful

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 10 July 2013 07:50pm

    I am afraid I laugh to much so my crow’s feet, well they are crow’s feet.
    I go for happiness any day.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 31 August 2013 02:16pm

    Happiness :)

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 10:04pm

    I’m a true blue smiler….I mean if I’m smiling I’m obviously happy and in the moment…so I’m not thinking too much about my wrinkles. I wish I could have a happy median though – still smile like crazy but less crows feet.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 19 January 2014 03:47pm

    I laugh often and I laugh loud.

  • Posted by: Rachael // Sun, 9 March 2014 12:30pm

    I think crow’s feet are very pretty! Botox is ridiculous and I feel serious contempt for women who get it.

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