Putting on a ‘Happy Face’ for Kids Takes Emotional Toll on Parents


Parents who hide their true emotions from their children, putting on an insincere “happy face,” tend to feel bad about it afterward, a new study finds.

Researchers asked parents to remember times when they didn’t feel great, but put on a “happy face” anyway when talking with their kids. Overall, parents felt that putting on a fake happy face decreased their sense of well-being and the quality of the bond they had with their kids, the researchers found.

It turns out that parents may experience “more pain than pleasure … when parents express more positive emotions than they genuinely feel and mask the negative emotions that they do feel when caring for their children,” the researchers said in the study.


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