I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. – Charles de Lint
So much can be found in a simple smile. Love, joy, contempt, pride, and yes – happiness! I love the site Ted.com. Have you been there? It is a non-profit with the mission to collect “ideas worth spreading.” I can get completely caught up in the amazing people who they invite to speak on a topic. Today I listened to a man speak about happiness from a very scientific approach arguing that the more choices we have the less happy we become. This sounds counter intuitive but his thesis was intriguing and very interesting. And that talk led me to hearing a man by the name of Ron Gutman speak about smiles.
I love to smile – it is my natural tendency that I’m quick to smile. Mr. Gutman discusses research into the fact that people who smile a lot become more successful. And, smiling is also healthy! Smiling can reduce stress-enhancing hormones, increase endorphins and lower blood pressure.
So – I guess I see smiles like I see apples. The more the better for our health!
Day 287 was created in black india ink and watercolor on yellow paper.
In The Studio
1. Countdown – 78 days to Apple-A-Thon!
2. Apple Recipe of the Day – Apple Salsa
3. Interesting Article of the Day – Hydrotherapy for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis
4. Interesting fact of the Day – The iconic yellow smiley face was created by Harvey Ball