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Resting Bitch Face Actually Exists

Ahhh resting bitch face“.

Yep, you know the face, not just any face.

But that face, oh, if looks could kill.

Research has found that our facial expressions involuntarily reflect our emotions.

They can intensify or even directly influence our mood.

Frowning makes you sadder, and showing no expression makes your emotions less intense.

And it turns out the phenomenon known as “resting bitch face” is real.

The six universal facial expressions

Apparently, our facial expressions do convey our emotions:

  • happy
  • sad
  • afraid
  • surprised
  • angry
  • disgusted

A 2015 study used a computer program designed to read facial expressions, what they found was that people with so-called resting b*tch face, have double that amount of underlying emotions as other facial emotions.

These are usually in the form of contempt.

So next time your girlfriend throws that look, you can rest safely in the knowledge that a resting b*tch face exists.

There is a science behind smiling.

There really is; we’re not kidding. Have you ever looked at a photo of someone smiling and noticed that they still appeared totally miserable despite this? It’s like the expression – ‘the smile never lit up their eyes’.

Interestingly, this is because fake smiles are surprisingly easy to recognize, to the point where psychologists have pinpointed the exact muscles that are used to create these fake smiles.

Genuine smiles

They are referred to as Duchenne smiles, the name of which is credited to the French doctor who discovered them. They involve the involuntary and voluntary contraction of major facial muscles: the zygomaticus – our cheekbones, and orbicularis oculi – the muscles that orbit our eyes.

Fake smiles

On the other hand, these use the voluntary contraction of the zygomatic muscles, leaving you, as the onlooker, with a sense that something is just a little bit off with that person.

You could be genetically disposed to smile more.

Are you little Miss poker-faced, even when confronted with a video of kittens with a brain freeze? Apologies; harsh, we know – but you get the message.

Apparently, there could be a genetic explanation for your stony face.

Whilst personality, upbringing, and Culture are all mitigating factors, interesting research from the University of Michigan suggests that the manifestation of a particular gene can deeply affect the depth of our emotions.

Those with shorter versions of this gene tended to smile and laugh more often, whilst those with the longer version were less likely to express themselves in such a way. Wow, fascinating, right?

Did you know that smiling doesn’t just improve the mood of the person you are smiling with? Apparently, the very act of seeing someone else smile can broadly lower aggression in us.

And what’s more, research has found that laughter really is contagious; when we hear someone laughing out loud, our brain prepares specific muscles in our faces to smile.

Now we think you would agree, that’s sure something to smile about.

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