Monday, May 29, 2006
Look happy, be happy?
…HA’s favorite phrase is: “Fake it ‘til you make it.”
…Now, someone has noticed that people who smooth their brows—paralyze them—with Botox notice their clinical depression lifting.
…According to a paper by Eric Finzi, MD, in the Journal of Dermatological Surgery, the brow thing worked in nine out of 10 cases.
…This should not make sense. Smoothing a frown to create happiness is like curing a cold by stifling a sneeze, one writer said.
…But wait—it seems the facial muscles control emotions, not just the reverse.
…People with problems that immobilize the face experience emotions less intensely.
…Finzi is patenting this use of Botox.
…Studies do show that smiling releases pleasant endorphins—could the clenching frown muscles be exuding downers?