Epiphany to Easter Sculpting Project 5: Body Changes Mind Week 2

Epiphany to Easter Sculpting Project 5: Body Changes Mind Week 2 (Only)

You are rich. Your pocket is crammed with 1000 dollar bills. When you walk in the room you hand out a 1000 dollars to everyone you greet.

Receiving 1 full smile creates the same amount of brain stimulation as receiving well over $1000.

Or perhaps you would prefer to give out chocolate bars.

Give someone 1 full smile and you have just given them the same positive brain stimulation as they would get eating 2000 chocolate bars.

Good way to love our neighbors.

What does smiling do to you?

  • Changes hormones – increases confidant testosterone
  • Increases positive emotion
  • Promotes heart health
  • Increases pro-social behavior

Why does this work?

The Facial Feedback Hypothesis: Our brain pays attention to our body’s actions.

We are designed so that when we move muscles on our face into a smile our brain takes note and says, “We are smiling, therefore we are happy.” This also works in reverse. Muscles create a frown and our brain says, “We are frowning, therefore we are unhappy.”

In order to fully feel emotions we have to actually express them on our face.

  • People who suffer with the rare birth defect of Mobius Syndrome lack the ability to move facial muscles and they claim that they do not experience emotions, they can only think them.
  • When depressed patients are given Botox to eliminate the possibility of frowning, they no longer identify as depressed.

There are many types of smiles. The one we are interested in for this project uses two muscle groups.

  1. Mouth muscles: Zygomatic
  2. Eye muscles: Orbiculars oculiOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For a full smile we must engage both muscle groups.

Out the two groups the eyes are the most important in a ‘real’ smile.

Japanese understand that the eyes are key. Rather than 🙂 they type smiles like this ^_^

The smile we want to create is a combination of ^^ and ).

Epiphany to Easter Sculpting Project 5: Body Changes Mind Week 2 (Only)

  1. Pick 3 times in your day to do this project. Connecting it with another activity like eating or trips to the bathroom can help us remember.
  2. Notice or remember something pleasant.*
  3. Smile – using both eyes and mouth.
  4. Post us your discoveries.

*You can skip this step if you are in good or neutral mood.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASmiling  is a way to use our own internal pharmacy to self-medicate.

Here is a bottle of smiles straight from your own pharmacy.

Used for: increasing positive emotion, promoting heart health, increasing pro-social behavior

Directions: Smile using mouth and eye muscles as frequently as possible.

Active Ingredients:

Mouth muscles: Zygomatic

Eye muscles: Orbiculars oculi


1. If you are experiencing sadness, direct your attention to a pleasant sensation or thought before smiling. This will help you to avoid the neural connections of negative emotions with smiling.

2:Fake (Zygomatic mouth only) smiles are sometimes detrimental to individuals receiving them.

7 minute Ted Talk The Hidden Power of Smiling    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9cGdRNMdQQ

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalking back from evening chores I stopped and looked up. The storm was moving out and the residue of clouds in the setting sun was gorgeous. I took in the view and chose to smile. There is always something close at hand to smile about. The feel of solid ground under my feet, the song of a canyon wren, the smell of supper, snow melting into spring.



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