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Want to look younger? Stop smiling On Photos

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

The act of smiling has numerous positives attached to it. It is the most welcoming way to express your emotions and ease your tension as you meet a stranger. However, there is one thing you never knew about smiling. It takes 25 fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown.

Even though smiling makes you look happy and approachable, it also releases endorphins, making you boost your mood.

Sadly, it has emerged that smiling doesn’t have as many advantages as it seems to be. A recent experiment found that smiling in photos can add up three and half years to your face because smiling apparently exaggerates the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

I know that your appearance in photos does matter to you. There are some alternative facial expressions which will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. After the research was conducted, it was found the best faces to adopt are either a neutral expression, or a “pouting” surprised one.

One thing which was rather reassuring was that the participants stated they still believed smiling makes people look young. There you go even if you’re having a joyous time of your life, don’t let it show on your face.

The new study from Ontario’s Western University and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, suggest that smiling can make you look a year older than if you’re wearing a straight, neutral face.

The study’s co-author, Melvyn Goodale, director of Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute, stated in a press release that people associate smiling with positive values and youth.

The study further says that although the belief is well-rooted in modern media, that idea is a complete misconception.

In “The effects of smiling on perceived age defy belief,” published on May 8 in the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, researchers exposed University student’s images of people with smiling, neutral and surprised expressions.

The participants with smiling faces were the oldest, and the surprised looks were the youngest. Goodale said that a smile could age you because it forces people to see wrinkles forming around your eyes. A shocked face, by contrast, soothes out such lines.

Goodale added, “The surprising aspect was that when we asked participants afterward about their perceptions, they erroneously stated that they had identified smiling faces as the youngest ones.”

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