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Ted.com makes me smile

Thursday, 19 May 2011 22:13

If you watch one ted.com talk this week, have a look at Ron Gutman's talk on The hidden power of smiling - it will make you smile!

I am a big fan of ted.com.  I did a blog a while ago sharing 5 of my favourite talks so far.

I am also a big fan of really simple things that we can do to heal our lives and be happy.  After all, what is healing but feeling better.  I have been really getting back to basics - dancing, going bare foot on the earth and bare foot running ... and now, remembering the power of smiling.

I was having one of those days stressing out about who knows what, when I stopped for a late lunch and listened to a ted talk.  It was Ron Gutman's talk on the untapped power of smiling.  He reviews a raft of studies about smiling - as if we need research to tell us how good smiling is for you.  But then again maybe we do need to be reminded.

There is a study that could predict the success of a person's life based on measuring students' smiles in their graduation photos - there is a lovely photo of Barack Obama with a beautiful beaming smile that is captivating.

Ron asks the audience to put their hand up if they think they smile more than 20 times per day.  I always feel like I am a participant in the ted talks, so I obediently put my hand up.  I smile all the time - and it was a good reminder.  Ron says that children smile at least 400 times per day and I think I would probably be up around that figure - most definitely because I spend a lot of time with my favourite 7 year old.  Smiles are contagious.

There is a study that measures how smiles stimulate the brain - 1 smile is the same as 2,000 bars of chocolate or winning $25,000 in cash.  Smiling makes us healthier, and can make you look good and more confident.

There is a lovely quote from Mother Theresa (I think she rivals Einstein in her prowess with the pithy quote).  She says I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.

I don't usually read the comments people leave on ted talks as I usually regret it.  On this talk, there was a lively discussion on whether a fake smile can produce the same benefit as a real smile, and how you can tell the difference.  As we all know, a real smile reaches the eyes.

One guy said he conducted a little experiment to see if there was any benefit from a fake smile.  He did a fake smile but it made him laugh and before he knew it, he had a big cheesy grin.  I tried it too, and it was the same for me.  It was hilarious.  I wasn't just smiling, I was laughing out loud.

So let's all remember to smile - whether you have to start with a fake smile at first or not.

In case you are interested in some other ted talks, here are another 5 that I enjoyed:

  1. JR's TED Prize Wish - use art to turn the world inside out.  I was so inspired when I saw this talk.  JR's wish is 'for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we'll turn the world ... INSIDE OUT'.
  2. Noreena Hertz on how to use experts and when not to - an Economist who reminds us of the dangers of giving our power over to the so-called experts.
  3. Michael Pawlyn on using nature's genius in architecture - I found this talk absolutely fascinating and would love to build my own home using the principles of biomimicry.
  4. Rogier van der Heide on why light needs darkness - I'm usually not that interested in architecture but this talk and Michael Pawlyn's talk open up a whole new way of thinking about where we live.
  5. Eric Whitacre on the virtual choir - I loved this talk and it made me want to join the virtual choir.  I love Eric's story of how he thought he wanted to be a rock star and ended up being involved in choirs.

I love how sometimes I can watch a ted talk on a topic that I am not particularly interested in, on the surface, and then I am captivated and my horizons expand.  This has brought to mind one other talk that I really enjoyed.  It was Madeleine Albright's talk on being a woman and a diplomat.  Madeleine is so funny and it was fascinating to hear what the former US Secretary of State had to say about being a diplomat.

What a wonderful world we live in - it makes me smile!


 

 

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avatar Suzi
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great blog as always.....I can't stop smiling....:)

Love your work.....

I got 39/40, off to have my kitkat...and watch some ted.com....just a pig in mud....hehehheheheh

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Hi Sooz
Thanks for your kind words! That is impressive - enjoy! I love being a pig in mud.
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