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The Science Behind the Smile

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True Happiness: The Science Of The Smile

‘How are you?’is maybe the world’s most common greeting question and we all ask it as a way to see how happy or unhappy the other person is.

The nature of human happiness has gained traction in the last few decades with psychologists, economists and neuroscientists now in...

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Measuring happiness, which is a highly subjective emotion, is akin to getting your eye tested through the various lenses for your correct eye prescription number.

Measuring something as subjective as happiness can still provide usable results through the process of asking a critic...

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  • People are always pushing towards finding happiness in whatever circumstances that are thrust upon them.
  • Happiness and unhappiness both promote creativity, though of a different quality.
  • Employees who have challenging but not impossible goals appear to be happy and product...

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  • People in good romantic relationships are happier than loners.
  • Healthy people are happier than those who are sick.
  • Religious people are happier than atheists.
  • Rich people are happier than the poor.
  • A new house, a new car, or even a new spouse only provide...

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  • Social beings with a great network are exponentially happier than lonely people.
  • The intensity of one’s positive experience is not as important as their frequency.
  • Small things of joy, like wearing comfortable shoes, giving a lovely kiss to your wife, sneakingly eating som...

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