So Sad! WHAT Makes You Look Older?!?Smiling adds years to your face.
Grinning, smiling and laughing add wrinkles around your eyes, so much so that it can make you look as much as two years older than your chronological age.
That's the word from researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, who also found good news: A surprised expression smooths those wrinkles.
The study: Led by Melvyn Goodale, the team recruited volunteers who were shown photographs of people who had one of three facial expressions: smiling, a neutral poker face or surprised.
The results: Smiling increased the wrinkles around the eyes, which made people look older, but those who had a surprised look, which smooths wrinkles, looked younger.
But there's a twist, and it's a big one: Later, when the study volunteers were asked what they remembered about the photos, they erroneously recalled that the younger-looking people were those who were smiling. "They were completely blind to the fact they had 'aged' the happy-looking faces. Their perceptions and their beliefs were polar opposites," Goodale said. "It may seem counterintuitive, but the study shows that people can sincerely believe one thing and then behave in a completely different way."
The study findings were published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
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