9 responses to “Reverse engineer your brain”

  1. besskeloid

    Agh! Those lines aren’t wrapping!

    I did know previously that pretending to laugh was as good for you as genuine laughter, but I’m not sure that faking a smile is as good as really smiling. I’m trying it now, & I’m sure I look more gormless than usual.

    1. feisty_robot

      Oddly enough

      Watching this man pretend to laugh does not cheer me up, but rather makes me want to tear off my face and run screaming:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp-oJhBxn6o

      1. besskeloid

        Re: Oddly enough

        *whimpers*

  2. rivetpepsquad

    Read this this morning. SUPER-interesting.

  3. brianenigma

    I seem to recall an experiment from years ago in which they found that people with forced-smiles (specifically, the test group had a pencil clenched between their teeth in their mouth) made people more prone to being happy and humored by things.

  4. jessef

    I’ve heard about the benefits of fake smiling several times, and for at least half a year, I enact it routinely. My subjective experience, which isn’t worth much, suggests to me that it’s effective. The key is that it has to be a very small smile, almost impercetibly so. Think Mona Lisa.

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