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Ron Gutman: Hidden Power of Smiling

In this universally applicable Ted Talk, Ron Gutman – founder and CEO of the health app HealthTap, and organizer of TEDxSiliconValley – takes a closer look at the science of smiling. Ron perfectly highlights the power of one of the most underrated assets in both our personal and professional lives; the smile. Drawing his audiences’ attention to research, Ron indicates that this evolutionarily contagious behavior is responsible for a wealth of benefits above and beyond a favorable disposition. A number of the lesser-know yet scientifically validated effects of smiling include coming across as a more competent individual, counteract the negative effects of stress, increase one’s level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and reduce overall blood pressure.

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