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The Secret of the Smile

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A study conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Rony Paz of the Weizmann Institute's Neurobiology Department has for the first time revealed how the brain integrates self-monitoring with observations of others.

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Terry V (30)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:56 pm
A SMILE is just a "frown" turned upside down :-)

JL A (281)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:07 pm
You are welcome Terry. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:10 pm
As interesting as this is, I rather not imagine what the poor primates are going through with these research experiments.. thx.

JL A (281)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:28 pm
You are welcome Angelika--should have been painless with the MRI-type imaging used for measuring brain activity of this sort. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:53 pm
Fascinating, thanks.

JL A (281)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:01 pm
You are welcome Mitchell. You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last day.

Marianne B (107)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:25 pm
A smile costs you nothing, but may make the day of someone. Someone said to me last week, I forgot your name, but I remember your smile............

Christeen A (369)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:33 pm
A smile is your best asset. Thank you.

Gene J (290)
Friday May 24, 2013, 6:36 am
"At a very young age, babies learn to smile back. Soon after, they realize that if they themselves initiate the smiling, they will get a smile in return."

When we were expecting my first child I took a class in neonatology because I didn't know the first thing about newborns, it was fascinating and one of the most "fun" classes I took in college. I noticed this particular reflex in my son early on and it is just amazing what a smile from a tiny tike can do for one's state of mind. Going in to get him in the morning was pure delight even on the morning when he was about 8 months old and had contracted diarrhea and was covered in it, head to toe, along with the walls and most of his crib, he was standing there with a big smile on his face. And sick, quite sick. I've made it a practice ever since to smile at every child I see, while downtown working, in stores, on the sidewalk, anywhere and everywhere because I know that for some of those children that may be the only smile they see that day. I do this with children of other races too, because I want them to remember sometime later a white face smiling at them - they always smile back, babies are great little communicators, they learn to read their parents nearly as well as dogs do. I sometimes find myself walking the skyways and notice people smiling at ME, and wonder why until I realize I have been wearing a small smile all along. I smile when on the phone because I know the person on the other end can feel it, sense it. Such a simple thing we can do for each other, but what benefits it has. We could all do with a lot more smiling and a lot less frowning. It's good for the psyche, the soul and our relations with all others. Including pets, dogs have just the greatest smile when they are happy and content. So do people. :^) And that's why I end most all messages and emails with that smile. This one, :^). It only mimics what I do in real life, but is important in correspondence, I think, because we have no visual cues nor intonation and I want my correspondent to know I am smiling as I think of them. There are times when a somber look is appropriate, but even in those, sneaking a smile in counts when done with love. How is it that it takes a study to tell us what we have all known since we were babies ourselves?

JL A (281)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:54 am
Habits we all could do well to emulate! You cannot currently send a star to Gene because you have done so within the last day.

Melania P (122)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:22 pm
A smile can change you day and others!

JL A (281)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:24 pm
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DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:00 pm
Fascinating and delightful to read about the smile!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:27 am
amazing hey.........I think it is one of the most underestimated SUPERPOWERS us humans have.........

nice post, thanks J ♥

JL A (281)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:56 am
You are welcome Frans.
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Jo S (619)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 4:09 pm
I love to smile. I also have all the laugh lines to prove it! What I don't like is that they used animals in the testing.
Thanks JL.
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