Smile and the world smiles with you! I have been testing this theory after listening to a recent webinar with Dr. David Hamilton. On the webinar David talked about the mirror neurons in our brain which effectively make us ‘copy’ someone else’s body language amongst other things.
Therefore if you smile at someone, they will smile back – he said. So I decided to put this theory to the test in my local park while out running – yes for the good folk of Edinburgh I am the crazy woman running about Inverleith park grinning like a cheshire cat at you!
Sure enough to make someone smile you only have to smile at them. Every single person smiled back. Even if it was a mere twitch of the lips. Yet the reason I am writing about this is because of the effect the smile I received had on me. At first it was simply fun to see people smile back at me. But after a while I noticed those smiles meant more than testing a theory, they started to connect with my heart.
It was amazing that a simple smile exchanged with a stranger could have such a boosting effect. After running around the park a few times I had collected several ‘boosts’ and felt like skipping home! And it was comforting to think that maybe I had done the same for that person too.
Try it for yourself and notice what difference it makes to the way you feel in that moment because it really is true, smile and the world smiles with you.
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