17 May 2016
It wasn’t until research found that injection of botox released stress by alleviating depression that people began to take interest in how our physical appearance affect our mental states. Originally, this was thought to be possible because people who undergo botox are probably insecure with their appearance which is lifted after their operation. However, it was found that the same wasn’t true for other operations that affected the appearance like breast implants.
On further research, it was found that by just smiling, even when we have no reason to, the body is more likely to release endorphins to reduce stress and increase happiness. On the social front, it was also found that people with smiles are considered more approachable and this evokes a warmer reception from people leading to better wellbeing. No surprise, the effects of botox made the users appear like they were smiling, even when in a resting state.
Beyond just smiles, little habits like having haircut, wearing bright clothes, and generally taking out time to invest in how we look can go a long way to affect not only our mood and health, but also how we are perceived by other people. So if you have been feeling down lately, a trip to the salon or a rummage through your wardrobe for that yellow top might be just the medicine you need to get back on your feet.