You’ve probably heard the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it.” But is that actually sound advice? Anyone who has been at a social event with a fake smile plastered on their face for hours knows how exhausting “faking it” can be. Trying to act positive and happy when you actually feel tired and moody is absolutely grueling. Simply “painting on” a positive smile that is incongruent with your underlying emotional state is dangerous. This tactic is known as surface acting.