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The hidden power of smiling
My personal smile experiment

  A while back I decided to acknowledge people in public by offing up a friendly smile whenever possible. Initially, I was surprised to find this gesture often ignored or in some cases even provoke a negative response along the lines of "don't bother me with whatever it is you're about to ask" type of thing. I came to realize I was forcing it. Though my intentions were fine, the smile was interpreted as disingenuous. I had to change the origin of my smile from something predetermined and deliberate to something natural and organic. Now I don't smile as often, but when I do, it more often stems from a recognition of common experience in the moment (it's a sunny day) or some kind of acknowledgment of the smile recipient's state of awesomeness (nice work on that). And the coolest thing, I'm now winning back genuine smiles in return! :)  
TED Talk Video - The hidden power of smiling
Mar. 2011 - Ron Gutman -
In depth article on how authentic smiles are made
Jan. 2019 - Danni Peck -
Babies believed to initiate smiles with intent
Sep. 2015 - U. of California - Sandiego -
NPR - The Science of Smiles, Real and Fake
Jul. 2019 - Maanvi Singh -
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