Study Finds Fake Smiling At Work Leads To Heavier Drinking

Rare | 4/12/2019 | Silke Jasso
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The answer to our problem is here! Does fake smiling at your co-workers ever wear you down? Well, it turns out you’re not alone, after a study found that people who find themselves forcing a smile during work get so worn down by faking it, that they are more likely to drink heavily after hours. Yes, turns out happy hours are our favorite thing to do because we fake smile at people throughout the day. Which explains a lot if you ask me.

The study was conducted at Penn State and the University of Buffalo, where researchers studied the drinking habits of people who work with the public. For example people in the Food service who work with customers, nurses who work with patients, and teachers who work with students. Researchers found a link between those who regularly fake or amplify positive emotions, such as smiling or suppress negative emotions resisting the urge to roll your eyes, for example, and heavier drinking after work. So, we might want to reconsider service with smile policies.

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Researchers found that faking and suppressing emotions with customers was related to drinking beyond the stress of a job or feeling negative about one’s self. The more employees have to control negative emotions at work, the less they are able to control their alcohol intake after. Faking or suppressing emotions in front of customers is what’s leading employees to use a lot of self-control. Those employees may not have a lot of self-control after regulating how much alcohol they drink.

Think about it, smiling as part of your job sounds like a really positive...
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