A smile is catching (just like an itch) and it’s not only a kind way to greet others–it can also be personally empowering and lead to a longer, healthier life. In Forbes Magazine, Ron Gutman explored the power of smiles by examining an old yearbook and looking at who was smiling and who wasn’t, then comparing their facial expressions with their future success. He found that the widest smilers ranked at the top of the success ladder, in both marriage and professions.
A 2010 Wayne State University research project that examined baseball cards photos of Major League players in 1952 found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life: Nonsmiling players lived an average of only 72.9 years, while smilers lived an average of 79.9 years–7 years longer. Ultrasound shows that developing babies smile in the womb, and after they’re born, they continue to smile (at first mostly in their sleep). They’re not just copying what they see: Blind babies smile in response to the sound of a human voice. Smiling stimulates serotonin in our brain, the same way that eating chocolate does.
British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as 2,000 chocolate bars or winning the lottery. We have a guaranteed way to make you smile: Come to our Dreamland Festival. You get to meet all your favorite Dreamland hosts IN PERSON, (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) and–what is most important–you get to make new friends with people who have had the same kinds of experiences YOU’VE had (THAT should make you smile!) So don’t wait–space is limited. Get your tickets today!
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