Monday, May 28, 2012

A Smile can save the world- it can prevent catastrophe

 The Catastrophe Theorist, recalls from a sermon, of a man who, wrote a suicide note, that he will not commit suicide if someone smiles at him on his walk to the bridge. No one did, so he jumped to his death. Thus, Smiling, can prevent Catastrophe. Smiling can save the world.
 The lips, an important aspect of the smile expression, is a great communicator, a great sensory, the lips in themselves are like a brain- it thinks in it's own sensory world. One lives through the lips. Nourishment comes through the lips. A great universe of taste goes through the lips. Life goes in and out. For it to smile, communicates the pleasure of the life it receives in gratitude as it breathes.
 The smile, communicated with the entire face, the eyes the expression, the twinkle in the eye, the mouth! The Mouth, the biggest and strongest muscle in the smile, draws it's attention. Its for kissing. It speaks, for the powers of words hold life and death in them. One can speak for life, or speak for death. Such is the kiss, the taste, notice the sugars and candies on the lips. A smile is in fact, a treat! Yes, of course, to kiss sugar lips, is a very tasty sweet. Such is the reflection, to kiss with lips, of which one tastes the universe, gain nourishment, speak words that direct our fates, thus a sugar kiss, is in fact an accumulation of desires, is the satisfaction of having breathed life with those lips!
 Thus, the suicide, who wanted a smile, a sugar smile, a sweet to light up his darkness. He wanted the signal, that the lips would tell him, not to kill himself. That the lips, which hold power over life and death, the lips that drink, eat, and breathe, would smile to acknowledge his existence, and that everything is OK! It's the dessert treat that would save his life! His lips eat, breathe, drinks.. but he needed to see a smile at him. He needed reassurance. A smile was all he needed. From any stranger, anyone. That smile would have sugar. That smile would have candy! He would be back in the candy-store of the living again!
Smiling can save the world! The world is a cherry! It is in your lips! Hold the world in your lips with a smile! A terrorist, plotting his sinister evil schemes to blow up the world, may change his mind after seeing a smile!
When one embraces a fond memory in one's mind, or has an ideation of humor, or thinks well, one smile! Thus a smile is a realization of mental faculties in sync! One smiles at pleasurable stimuli, the smile acknowledges pleasure. To see a smile, in one's presence, expresses pleasure. The suicide, seeing a smile, would feel that he stimulated pleasure, stimulated living, stimulated existence, stimulated a dessert, a candy,  sugar, in which he is pleasing to the world he exists in. A smile brings to the mind the ideations of which brings a smile to that person's mind. A smile is a road signal, a signpost, to the mind's roads of which the thoughts travel. A smile is powerful indeed, and can save the world. A smile can save billions of people! A smile, seen by the sadistic terrorist, may change his mind at being evil!


By Stephanie Pappas

CHICAGO — Next time you're out walking about, you may want to give passers-by a smile, or at least a nod. Recent research reveals that these tiny gestures can make people feel more connected.
People who have been acknowledged by a stranger feel more connected to others immediately after the experience than people who have been deliberately ignored, according to study reported here today (May 24) at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation.
"Ostracism is painful," said study researcher Eric Wesselmann, a social psychologist at Purdue University in Indiana. "Sometimes, colloquially, I like to say ostracism sucks. It's not a pleasant experience."
The pain is psychological, but it can also extend to the physical. Studies have linked loneliness to a weakened immune system and a hardening of the arteries, for example. And a variety of laboratory experiments have shown that when a person is excluded, even if for a brief time in something as inconsequential as a silly computer game, they feel worse about themselves and experience an all-around sour mood.
Researchers suspect that this response is evolutionary. Humans are social animals, adapted for group living, Wesselmann said.  
"If you depend upon others for your survival, if you are culled from that group, you are as good as dead," he said.
If that's the case, people should be very tuned-in to clues about social acceptance and rejection. Wesselmann and his colleagues decided to conduct a subtle experiment to find out. Their participants, 239 pedestrians in a busy campus area, didn't even know they were part of a study. They simply passed by someone who acknowledged them politely, acknowledged them with a smile or stared straight through them as if they weren't even there. The researchers were aiming to create a feeling the Germans call "wie Luft behandeln," or "to be looked at as though air." [ 7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You ]
(Psychology has also explained another German expression, " schadenfreude," or the joy we sometimes get when others fail.)
Immediately after this encounter, the unknowing participants got waylaid by another person who asked them to fill out a survey on social connectedness. The participants had no idea that the stranger who had just passed them was part of this study. A fourth group of participants filled out the survey without ever encountering the stranger at all.
The survey results showed that being pointedly ignored by a stranger had an immediate effect. Participants who'd gotten the cold shoulder reported feeling more socially disconnected than people who'd gotten acknowledged, whether that acknowledgement came with a smile or not. People who hadn't encountered the stranger fell somewhere in the middle.
Cities, suburbs and rural areas all have their own rules about street meet-and-greets. (You'd likely get strange looks nodding at every stranger on the sidewalk in Manhattan, but ignoring fellow walkers in small-town Tennessee wouldn't be looked upon kindly.) Those regional differences could influence the results, Wesselmann told LiveScience, though it's likely that the deliberate "wie Luft behandeln" look would be off-putting anywhere.
Wesselmann and his colleagues detailed their results in February in the journal Psychological Science.

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