It is said that when you put up an angry face, you use much more facial muscles than when you have a happy face. But is it true? Is it really easier to smile than to growl?
Here's a side by side comparison. What muscles do you use?
Grrrrr!!...When you're angry, the following muscles are activated:
- Eyebrow frowns - your eyebrows are pushed down in the middle, and pulled up at the sides.
- Nose wrinkle - your nose is pushed up as your brows furrow.
- Nostrils flare - your nostrils get wider and are pulled up.
- Eyes wince - your eye muscles are pulled together, making your eyes feel tense.
- Lip snarl - your upper lip is pulled up, showing your teeth.
- Lip corners depressing - your lip corners are pulled down, to illustrate your dislike.
- Jaw clinching - your jaw muscles tense up, making your teetch clinch and grind.
Now, let's compare that to the happy face...
- Forehead relaxing - your forehead muscles relax, bringing your eyebrows up a little.
- Eyes smile - the outer corners of your eyes begin to wrinkle as muscles push them together. Only when you really smile!
- Lips smile - your lip corners are pulled up, showing your lovely smile! :-)
Yes, it's really true... looking angry does use a lot more muscles than looking happy.
So, don't strain yourself.