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What Simple Act Can Bring You as Much Joy as 2,000 Bars of Chocolate?

chocolate barsThe best things in life are free, as the saying goes. Often, they’re also very simple.

While browsing through the Swanson Health Products Facebook page earlier this week, I stumbled upon a link posted by a friend of mine. It took me to a video from TED.com discussing the surprising power of one simple act (something we all do several times a day).

Smiling.

It turns out researchers have spent a lot of time studying smiling and its influence in our lives... even its ability to predict how long we will live, how inspiring we will be to others and how satisfying our marriages will be.

To get a glimpse at the hidden power of smiling, consider this: Researchers found that just one smile can bring you as much happiness as 2,000 bars of chocolate. Even if those are the “fun size” that’s still a lot of happiness.

We are born smiling—in fact, we start to smile before we are even born. It’s one of the first forms of communication we develop. Just think about how much nonverbal communication is involved when you smile at someone, or when someone else smiles at you. How does it make you feel?

For a closer look at the power of smiling, watch the video. It’s just over 7 minutes long. Then post a comment telling me what you think. Is it just a bunch of over-analysis? Or do we all need to smile a bit more?


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