March 11, 2013

The James-Lange theory says emotions are a response to physiological changes – you feel your heart racing and you feel anxious, you smile and you feel happy. There are many (very good) arguments against this theory. You may have already thought of a few of them! But… try it anyway, right now. Smile a real smile with your whole face, your cheeks and eyes. Do you feel a teensy, tiny bit happier? Even if you don’t, imagine if you smiled real smiles more often during the day even when you didn’t feel happy – what would happen? People would see you smiling and react to that. It could be a feedback loop of happiness! In any event, it couldn’t hurt, right? =)

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