Tears and smiles of joy prompt distinct behaviors from partners

June 15, 2017

The results of several studies reported  in a new paper just accepted for publication in Cognition and Emotion (Aragon & Clark, 2017)reveal that the way in which a person expresses his or her happiness influences their partner’s behavior toward them.  Expressing happiness with tears (tears of joy) is most likely to lead partners to help one down-regulate the emotion whereas expressing happiness with smiles is most likely to lead partners to up-regulate the happiness, capitalizing upon it.  The research will appear on line soon and in print later this year.