If you’ve been reading anything about neuro-science and brain plasticity, you’ll have an understanding of this new way of looking at the brain and it’s tremendous ability to heal. Neuro-scientific evidence has provided choices in how best to maintain a healthy brain. Some of these strategies are so easy to use and provide a good deal of neurological help. So it would be a great idea to teach some to your children. In addition to helping cognition, they can also be used to strengthen ethical behavior. Some techniques / tools will also help to transform your inner reality and when this happens, your perception of the world can change. In this blog, I’ll choose to mention the highly overlooked strategy of smiling.
Here’s a no-brainer, if you will pardon the pun. Smile. Yes, even if you don’t feel like it. The act of smiling actually helps to interrupt mood disorders and strengthen the brain’s neural ability to maintain a positive outlook. Even if you have to fake a smile, other people will usually respond to you with greater warmth and kindness. Renowned Zen Master, peace activist and author, Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that we do a smiling meditation whenever we have a spare moment during the course of the day. Smile when you’re standing in line at the supermarket or walking down the street and you’ll notice that people around you will either think you’re crazy or they’ll calm down. Hopefully, it’s the later. But seriously, you’ll feel better and you’ll exude a sense of empathy which is irresistible to most people. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “If we are not able to smile, then the world may not have peace.” I think he’s got something there. Smiles are neurologically contagious in all cultures. Sort of like a yawn but with a lot more impact.