Saturday, January 28, 2012

Importance of smiling

Ron Gutman in a beautiful talk at TED a conference highlights the importance of smiling citing research. In a few bullet points he studies the importance of smiling and it's impact on our well being
  1. It has been shown that those who smile more live longer
  2. Smiling induces hormones in the brain that reduces the amount of stress enhancing hormones
  3. Smile + Frown = Smile. If you are smiling, it is difficult for people to frown at you. Smiling is actually contagious
  4. Smile makes you look more competent in the eyes of people
  5. Smile induces activity in your body that correlates with healthier amount of blood pressure. 
I'd recommend you to watch this 7 minute talk on YouTube.