Flight Attendants, Here’s Why Faking A Smile Is A Good Thing!

All flight attendants start their work trip with a genuine smile and enthusiasm that apparently can not last so long, so they are forced to fake smiles throughout the day. It is obvious that true smile can benefit you more but the good news is that still even a fake smile reduces stress.
A recent research has shown that faking a smile is actually a good thing, especially if you are a flight attendant, as no one fakes more smiles than these sky ladies on a regular working day.

Before it was thought of our face as reflecting our internal emotions, but recent studies show that linkage works both ways – we can change our emotional state by altering our facial expression! Pasting a smile on your face, even if you are consciously faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress.
Here are few short but effective guidelines about faking a smile any flight attendant must know:

Fake It!

Ladies and Gents from the sky don’t save yourselves and that gorgeous smile you have – Now it’s time to show it all! Decades of research bear out the basic truth: your mood is elevated and your stress is reduced if you plaster a big smile on your face, even for a short period of time. (Frowns have been shown to have the opposite effect.) The smile doesn’t have to be based on real emotion – faking it works. And while the research details vary, I’d recommend going with a full, true smile that involves your eyes as well as your mouth. That’s almost certainly a more potent mood changer.

Botox Levels More Than Wrinkles!

Working in a dry environment as aviation workers do, produces drier skin and progressive wrinkle production. However as much as Botox can benefit the surface of our face that much it can affect our emotions. As further evidence of the reverse linkage between facial muscles and emotions, Botox injections have been shown to dampen emotional responses. These injections paralyze small, wrinkle-causing muscles around the eyes. That makes the face look smoother, but it also smooths out emotions to a small extent. Scientists report both a reduction in depression symptoms as well as weaker reactions to “happy” video clips. This effect doesn’t appear to be enormous – Botox won’t turn people into walking automatons. But, a variety of research shows a measurable effect on one’s emotional experience.

Mood Contagion!

And, there’s another benefit to that fake smile: if you do it in public, those around you will be lifted as well. As the WSJ’s Sumatha Reddy reminds us, UCLA scientist Marco Iacoboni notes that our brains are wired for sociability. In particular, if one person observes another person smile, mirror neurons in that person’s brain will light up as if he were smiling himself. So, smile in private if you must, it will still boost YOUR mood… but why not extend that benefit to your colleagues and passengers  around you by smiling in public?

And in the end dear crew, fake it until you make it 🙂