Get happy: New TED Book on the mystery and magic of smiling
Originally posted on TED Blog:
How can something as simple as a smile be so deceptively complex? That’s the mystery and magic explored in Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, a new TED Book by Ron Gutman about the sensation and science of the smile. From the broad beaming grin of a toddler to the oily smirk of a used car salesman, smiles convey an enormous range and depth of emotions. Grins also have radically varied meanings in different cultures, as the author learned during his many worldwide trips to explore the complicated but ubiquitous act of smiling. We recently spoke with Gutman about his book.
Why is smiling so important?
Smiling is central to what makes us human. We’re the only species that smiles, and we do it from birth. It has an immense impact on how we feel, because smiling triggers our biological pleasure receptors. It also positively impacts how…
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