When someone is sad, it is natural to want to cheer her up. Can encouraging her to smile, even a fake one, do the trick?
Will a forced smile feel fake?
A recent study in Hong Kong found that smiling when unhappy can actually make them feel worse because they will feel like they are wearing a mask. The study also found that the brain will begin to link the smile with the sad feelings and will attach future smiles to the same feelings of sadness versus happiness.