Smiling is as good as having 2,000 bars of chocolate | #WorldSmileDay

October 2nd is celebrated as World Smile Day. So how did this event began? World Smile Day is attributed to Harvey Ball. He created the smiley face in 1963 and $45 for his work. He didn’t apply for trademark or copyright for it. The smiley face was used by State Mutual for their friendship campaign that aims to encourage employees to smile while doing their tasks. The “Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation” was founded to honor Harvey. In 1994 movie “Forest Gump,” the smiley face made a debut.

 

 

So why smile?

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being?

The takeaways from this talk:

  • “Smiling stimulates our brain reward mechanism in a way that even chocolate – a well-regarded pleasure inducer – cannot match.”
  • “British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
  • “The same study found that smiling is as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 pounds sterling in cash.”

Source: Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

 

The science of smile

The Power of Smiling infographic from Portman Dental

 

Remember:  Do an act of kindness.  Help one person smile! That’s the best way to celebrate #WorldSmileDay. 🙂

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