08/10/2012 04:25 pm ET

How To Have A Stress-Free Life

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Believe it or not, a big smile may be your key to a stress-free life.

A new study from the Association of Psychological Scienceᅡᅠsuggests that those who smile after stressful activities experience lower heart rates than those with so-called “neutral” facial expressions. Psychologists explain: “Smiling during brief stressors can help to reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response.”

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