Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

TED2011 • Filmed Mar 2011 • Posted May 2011

“…British researchers found that a smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation than 2,000 bars of chocolate…”

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.

Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap, free mobile and online apps for health info. He’s also the organizer of TEDxSiliconValley. Full bio »

(A reference to the quote by Mother Teresa towards the end of this chat: The power of a smile does not provide for those who are poor and hungry. It could be suggested that this way of thinking/ attitude may partly contribute to perpetuating their poverty.) But the power of a smile may help the ones who are not poor or hungry live their lives to their maximum potential, enjoy their lives to the potential they choose to. With the contribution of hypnosis we may be able to mentally rehearse those smiles that may be lacking in our daily life, and this way introduce them into our real life in a faster and easier manner.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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