According to a study outlined in this article on scientificamerica.com, botulinum toxin injections—more commonly known as Botox—that work to prevent your face muscles from reacting to your sadness (among other emotions) can also, in turn, prevent you from further sadness. Bit of a catch 22 with a bright side. The study found that the subjects’ symptoms of depression decreased by 47 percent after six weeks throughout a 16-week study period.
How is this possible, you wonder? The article tells us that the, “Study author M. Axel Wollmer, a psychiatrist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, believes the treatment ‘interrupts feed back from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions.’” Seems like a win-win. For more on this, read the whole article here.