I confess I’m one of those (obnoxious?) people who, even though I know you’re trying to avoid eye contact as you pass me on the street, will flash a big smile when you get close to accompany my bright “Good morning!” You may ignore me. You may grumble/mumble a response to my unexpected greeting. But as often as not, you’re going to smile back – and maybe even offer a pleasantry of your own. Why? Because smiles are every bit as contagious as yawns!
You already know how effective your own smile can be. It can make somebody happy, calm somebody down, or get somebody to do exactly what you’d like them to do. But the power of a smile goes way beyond the surface. Studies show that smiling more can help us live longer, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. Another study shows that smiling can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate! (Okay – I might need actual proof for that last one.)
In this popular Ted talk, more hidden powers of smiling are revealed. Check it out for a great way to start the week with a (powerful!) smile on your face!