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Faking a Smile for Customers Makes Retail Workers Drink More According to Study

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Everyone who's ever worked retail will know the pain in your cheeks after a day of forced smiling at customers. But according to researchers from Penn State and the University of Buffalo, forcing employees to smile at customers could actually be bad for their health. 

The researchers studied the drinking habits of people who routinely work with the public, such as "people in food service who work with customers, nurses who work with patients or teachers who work with students." They found that those who regularly faked or amplified positive emotions, like smiling, or suppressed negative emotions, such as rolling their eyes, drank more alcohol after work than those who don't work directly with the public.