Eliud Kipchoge, arguably the greatest marathoner in the world right now, is often seen grinning during a race. Photo: Alamy

Smiling can improve running: how to make it genuine, such as thinking happy thoughts or listening to something upbeat

Singing, reminiscing about pleasant memories, thinking funny thoughts – all induce happiness which makes activities feel easier and can help performance, research shows. Frowning and grimacing, though, can do the opposite

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Eliud Kipchoge, arguably the greatest marathoner in the world right now, is often seen grinning during a race. Photo: Alamy
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Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.