Poor Tony doesn't seem to have much to smile about lately, and this may be making him feel even more blue than usual. Did you know that a smile can have a positive effect on one'e mood? Try, for example, pulling the sides of your mouth up in the shape of a smile and holding it for twenty seconds. To the average person this may seem very silly yet often it can tangibly improve one’s mood. Making the shape of a smile uses the muscle groups in your face that connect with a particular pattern of brain activity. Because the brain links these areas, a chain reaction is set up in between the movement of your face muscles and the pattern of activity within your brain. This chain reaction induced is associated with positive happy feelings in your emotional centres. Because cells that ‘wire together fire together’ and by activating the wires that cause a smile, they fire links to positive emotions. So, just by moving your mouth into a smile causes a small increase in positive emotion related brain activity...poor Tony!