The Simple Act of Smiling

If you’re looking to lower your stress levels, improve your health and live longer, the antidote may be as simple as learning to smile more. Entrepreneur and health advocate, Ron Gutman gave a TED talk last year that distilled 200 years of research into the science of smiling into a seven minute presentation. Gutman delves into studies from around the world and presented countless reasons why we should commit to smiling more. Who would have thought that:

  • A person’s life span can be predicted by the size of their smile. A 2010 study examining the smiles of major league baseball players on pre-1950s collector’s cards found that those who weren’t smiling lived an average of seven years less than those with beaming smiles.
  • Smiling makes you happier than chocolate. A UK study found that to replicate the brain stimulation of one smile you would need to eat the equivalent of 2,000 bars of chocolate.
  • It’s not only chocolate that looses out to smiling – just one smile generates the same brain stimulation as receiving ₤16,000 in cash.
  • Not only does smiling helps reduce stress enhancing hormones, but it enhances our levels of mood enhancing hormones and lowers blood pressure.

Gutman’s presentation is a real eye opener and leaves you with a new appreciation of the power behind our simplest and most universal facial expression.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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