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Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act (Kindle Single) (TED Books Book 9) Kindle Edition

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Meet Ron Gutman, a man who wields a nearly mercenary zeal for the human smile. His treatise on the myriad benefits of smiling begins in rural Zimbabwe, but it reaches across the globe, through several branches of science, into a motley trove of peer-reviewed literature, and--frankly--from ear to ear. Along the way, Gutman addresses a grin-inducing gauntlet of whimsical questions. Did you know that we can detect smiles at double the distance from which we can distinguish other facial expressions? Why do emoticons smile differently in English than they do in Japanese? What does the Gross National Happiness (GHP) index actually measure? And what's on your Dandelion List? The fun goes on. A single smile can pack the dopamine load of 2,000 chocolate bars, or the visceral head-rush of winning $25,000! (And we're letting our children do this 400 times a day?!) Smiling can even make your next skydive statistically safer. Cynics, consider yourselves warned. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 4557 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: TED Books (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IS4WW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Nichols on December 7, 2011
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In this wonderful book, Ron Gutman describes the big impact that the small act of smiling can have.

The captivating text weaves citations to scientific research from serious scholars around the world - from contemporary studies (from top institutions like Stanford University) to historic observations (dating back to Charles Darwin) - together with the author's personal narrative and contributions from people who sent the author their own anecdotes about smiling.

The author's journey of discovery about the positive impact smiling made in his life stands next to many surprising benefits of smiling that have been revealed through studies from leading universities and in academic publications from countries everywhere.

It's a compelling and joyful read, perfect both for those who are serious enough who want to know the content comes from real science, and for those who just want to learn more about something they already know can transform life for the better.

This is a great gift, both for yourself and for others, and a great reminder that the simplest things in life often make the greatest differences.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debahi on December 12, 2011
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This is a very enjoyable book and I began smiling almost as soon as I began reading it. I loved the author's description of his travels in the bus in Zambia and how his smile enabled him to connect with people. The book is a comfortable mix of personal anecdote and scientific and historical information, interspersed with pictures of smiling people. I learned some new things (which is always pleasurable) and was reminded of other things I knew but had forgotten. I would love to find a print copy of the book to offer to friends who do not have Kindles.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Your Huckleberry on December 10, 2011
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I work as a Guest Services Director and I also happen to adore Ted Talks. Naturally, I was drawn to this book. Something I always tell new team members is "if all else fails, smile." I purchased this book with the idea that it would make a great gift for my team to hammer home the importance of smiling. Its a short read and what I like most about it was that it uses a fair mix of scientific research and personal stories. It does not simply focus on science, however. It also uses examples from several religions and cultures to show that no matter who you are or what your background is, smiling is an important way of life. In fact, one chapter mentioned Darwin, Christianity, Buddhism, and Muslims, all within a paragraph or two. I enjoyed the diversity of examples.

I do not think I will end up purchasing this for my entire team, however. Instead, I will probably highlight the main points in a discussion. A better book for a book study or book club, in my opinion, is Be Our Guest, by Disney Institute because it gives better application. "Smile" is a great little thought experiement though, and I enjoyed the read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2011
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What a powerful little book!

I've seen Ron Gutman's smile at the end of a hard day transform the moment. In this little gem, he shares the secrets of how and why smiles light up our own lives and those around us, making us all happier, healthier and more connected. His tips and tricks alone are worth the read. And his suggestion of having my own Dandelion List is one of my favorite gifts of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Photo Princess on January 4, 2013
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I like to smile and since reading this book I have received many more smiles in return since I am conscious of my expression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. PAYNE on December 5, 2012
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Mr. Gutman tells why Everybody Needs to SMILE. Simple words. Simple Act. Great and Lasting Benefits for the one who smiles and the person who receives the smile. Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rafael V. on October 28, 2012
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This book will definitely remind you that simple things and even gestures can turn your bad days into something better. It's true that a simple smile can wash away bad vibrations in your system and even ease up some pain in emotions. Definitely a fine read specially with way it was conceptualized wherein stories of adventures and meeting different people makes it all the more informative. With the book I also read How To Be Happy: Cheer Up! (Positive Thinking Series) where it teaches us how to enjoy life, keeps this book in tune and makes a positive outlook while reading them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GenkiRocket on January 27, 2012
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This book was great! It was so nice to read about positivity and how easy it is to send it out into the world!

I wanted to play a drinking game with this book and take a drink every time I read the word "Smile", but I quickly decided against that :P

Having studied Communication in uni, I was very interested in several parts of this book. I especially loved when Mr. Gutman went into detail about different cultures and how they smile and what a "true" smile consists of.

Sometimes the book got kind of repetitive in its message, but I think that it really hammered the point home - smiling benefits everyone! This was a great read!
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