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Ibrahim EL Kazaz

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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: Smiles beat frowns and make everyone feel better,
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      Aug 1 2012: I agree smiles are better, but are they more powerful???
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        Aug 2 2012: Yes, smiles are more contagious...be a carrier:>)

        I've done a lot of experimenting with smiles, and most often simply LIKE wearing a smile because it feels better to me! It also seems to connect with people around the world, which I LOVE. Smiles lift one's spirits, as well as all those around us. It does not work the same to wear a "determined smile", as you say in your introduction Ibrahim, it has more power when it is genuinely coming from the heart:>)

        I must tell you Ibrahim, that I got a surprise in Egypt because of smiling! I most often have a smile on my face, and I make eye contact with all those I meet. I seemed to be attracting a lot of men, and I didn't know why. I befriended an older gentleman, and asked him what he thought of this. He laughed, and told me that in his culture, smiling and looking men in the eye suggests that I want to have a relationship with them. I drew back on the smile and eye contact with men after learning that!!! LOL:>)

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