- Leigh Harris
- Caldwell, NJ
- United States
There is more research on the power of smiling
In the 2009 book, "Smile! The Secret Science of Smiling," by Elan Sun Star, multiple research projects and interviews point to the power of the smile. (http://www.smilesbook.com )
In "Smile!" world-renowned photographer and smile expert Elan Sun Star interviews David Chamberlain, PhD, who studies baby behavior from birth to conception. He didn't believe that it took babies 6 weeks to smile, as commonly believed. Accordingly, his research into multiple studies found that "first smiles were seen while premature babies were dreaming...premature babies were really big dreamers. The density of smiling for them was 34 smiles per 100 minutes of dream time, versus 8.8 smiles per 100 minutes of REM time for full-term newborns." Premature babies smiled early and often.
Elan Sun Star, who is also a pioneer in the mind-body-spirit self-improvement field, presented this book to his publisher. "When Elan Sun Star asked us if we would consider publishing Smile!, what he was really asking was if we could get the whole world smiling too." Peter Ragnar suggests buying a large bouquet of flowers and saying to everyone, "I'm so in love with life today, I want to give this flower away."
One more smile example. "The inner smile is a simple yet profound meditation based on Taoist and Chinese meditation practices. The inner smile can ease emotional or physical tension and is quite natural to all persons regardless of their philosophy of life. It is a powerful relaxation technique that utilizes the expanding energy of happiness and joy and the good feelings associated with smiling." Read more about the inner smile in "Smile!"
Neale Donald Walsch, Dr Masaru Emoto and astronaut Edgar Mitchell all believe in the power of "Smile! The Secret Science of Smiling."
What other research has been found on smiling? Has anyone else read this innovative book, and what do you think of the research and comments above?