The Hidden Power of Smiling

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I recently watched a TED talks video called “The Hidden Power of Smiling” by Ron Gutman. In this video, Ron speaks about the importance of smiling and how smiling positively impacts our life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_gutman_the_hidden_power_of_smiling.html

Here are some key facts from the video:

  • We are made/born to smile. 3-D ultrasound videos show babies smiling in the womb
  • Children smile 400x per day
  • It is so hard to frown when you’re looking at someone who is smiling, therefore, smiling is contagious
  • The act of smiling makes us feel better and feel good
  • 1 smile can generate the same brain stimulation of up to 2,000 bars of chocolate
  • Smiling can make you healthier — reduce the amount of stress hormones (cortisol)
  • Smiling is associated with an increase in mood enhancing endorphins and decrease in blood pressure
  • Smiling can make you look good in the eyes of others — more likeable, courteous, competent, more attractive
  • Smiling helps you live a longer and happier life (increases your lifespan)

My homework for you: smile often. Smile at your coworkers. Smile at your family, your friends, your spouse. Smile in every situation you can.

I bet you the picture of the baby made you smile!

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Posted on September 24, 2013, in Stress Reduction and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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