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Ibrahim EL Kazaz

Student, Istanbul Bilgi University

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Which is more contagious? The smile or the frown?

What really gets around, who is more powerful the optimist or the pessimist? I wanted to know what TED community thinks about positivity and negativity and is there truly any power in them or does it only depend on the person who carries the smile or the frown. If u walk around with a determined smile on your face will u get as many smiles back as the frowns u would get with a determined frown on your face? I just wanted some discussion, that my even be connected to the lord of the flies concept of innate Evil, or are we purely good?

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    Aug 1 2012: I think smiles are much more contagious. Thinking only of my own experience, I cannot imagine returning a frown but will always return a smile.
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      Aug 1 2012: But that's part of my point, u wont notice urself frowning in response to a frown, but u will take the effort to change ur smile into a laugh. Walk around tomorrow with a frown on ur face and watch the effect it has. Ppl will effortlessly and without notice change smiles into frowns. BUT when u see a smile, and recognize it in ur brain, then u smile back almost forcing urself to look at the world in a way to feel better and smile
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        Aug 1 2012: I'll pass but will read of other people's experiences if they try your experiment.

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