With all the bad news in the world, this is a terrifically enthusiastic and uplifting talk about research on the positive effects of smiling. Ron Gutman talks about how smiling is a “superpower” and discusses a body of work including some very interesting research. In one example, he notes that based on the smiles in old yearbooks and baseball cards, researchers were able to predict happiness, health, and even lifespan. He also notes that scientific fact proves that from your brain’s perspective, just one smile is worth 2,000 bars of chocolate or a $25,000 windfall!
If this video doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will… enjoy.