We all have or have had jobs, where you most likely wanted to kick somebody’s ass but had to smile and act pretty instead. Well, you should know that this could have been detrimental to your health!
It ain’t easy, especially for those who have to face the public, to be happy and smiling at all times. This goes also for teachers who need to look happy and calm for their students… Now a study has revealed that apart from it not being easy, it is also not good for your health! Pushing through a day of work with a fake smile plastered on your lips can actually pay off but as a new study shows, it comes with a price of its own.
It’s probably not a complete surprise, but the study found that emotions that you have to suppress to fake smile through a shift at work can come back to haunt you.
Researchers at Penn State and the University of Buffalo found that employees who force their smiles through a shift were at greater risk of heavy drinking after their shift ends. As Penn State psychology professor Alicia Grandey stated, “Faking and suppressing emotions with customers was related to drinking beyond the stress of the job or feeling negatively. It wasn’t just feeling badly that makes them reach for a drink. Instead, the more they have to control negative emotions at work, the less they are able to control their alcohol intake after work.”
“The relationship between surface acting and drinking after work was stronger for people who are impulsive or who lack personal control over behavior at work,” she said. “If you’re impulsive or constantly told how to do your job, it may be harder to rein in your emotions all day, and when you get home, you don’t have that self-control to stop after one drink.”