November 29, 2023

How Long Have You Been Smiling?

It’s not the most welcome advice, but it turns out that “cheer up and smile” is actually good advice. Research has shown that smiling helps reduce stress, lower heart rates during tense situations and even boosts the immune system.

But what about those times when your smile doesn’t match the way you feel on the inside? This is called smiling depression and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. People suffering from smiling depression often appear high-functioning, maintaining a job and an active social life, while their internal turmoil goes unnoticed by those around them.

In many cases, these symptoms are kept private for fear of being seen as weak or vulnerable. People with smiling depression may also be concerned that others will take advantage of them or be judgmental.

Some common signs and symptoms of smiling depression are listed below:

Regardless of how long you’ve been smiling, it’s never too late to seek help. Talking to a professional can be a great place to start and is an effective treatment for most people with depression. If you’re considering therapy, be sure to check out our reviews of the best online therapists including Talkspace, BetterHelp and ReGain. With the right treatment and support, the smile you wear on the outside will soon match how you feel on the inside. Good luck!


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