Putting Your Best Face Forward: Facial Expressions are Filters

Interesting study that just came out proving basically that Botox blocks a person's ability to empathize and take in negative emotions.  Somehow the fact that they cannot frown blocks that emotion from getting in.

PhysOrg.com says:

“The Havas study broke new ground by linking the expression of emotion to the ability to understand language, says Havas' adviser, UW-Madison professor emeritus of psychology Arthur Glenberg. “Normally, the brain would be sending signals to the periphery to frown, and the extent of the frown would be sent back to the brain. But here, that loop is disrupted, and the intensity of the emotion and of our ability to understand it when embodied in language is disrupted.””

This is interesting, but since the study only involved forty people, here are a couple of thoughts/ observations for you.

Your expressions link to your interpretation of the world!
We know that happy people tend to smile more. People who smile tend to be more positive.  Positive people tend to interpret the world more positively.  Right?

Is the converse true?  Negative people tend to frown more.  People who frown tend to be more negative? Negative people tend to interpret the world more negatively?  Right?

These are generalities but have been talked about ad nauseum by many “motivational experts” – we have to remember this. We also know that our facial expressions affect how others react to us.  (i.e. We tend to approach people who are smiling, shun people who are frowning.)

Our facial expressions influence both how people to react to us and HOW WE REACT TO OTHERS more than we know.

So, grab out the mirror and take a look.  If you don't like the particular lines and wrinkles you see (are they frown lines or smile lines) decide to make a change!

And personally, I'd rather change my view from the inside out than somehow use the Botox approach.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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