Magens Bay --San Thomas

Friday, October 28, 2011

Say cheese ..

Ah, camera ...It captures the most important moment of our lives! Do you know that first instance of photography theory was invented in the 5th century by a Chinese man named Mo Ti? The camera was first debuted in 1885 by a man named George Eastman. “Kodak," it is!

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When someone nearby is happy, we tend to get the vibe and somehow the happiness spreads. I notice it in myself as well. When I am happy, people next to me seem to get happier. In fact, studies claim that when a person is happy, the nearby friend is 25 percent likelihood of being happy. A spouse is reported to have 8 percent of increased chance of being happier while the next door neighbor is 34%. (I don't quite get why would our neighbor have 34% chance of being happier when we are happy and our spouse has only 8% higher chance. Ah, I know! 'cause they are happy to begin with. Right!)

“Everyday interactions we have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness,” says Nicholas Christakis, a professor at Harvard Medical School and an author of the study. He mentions further on that the effect of happiness can spread up to 3 degrees – reaching friends of friends within the social networking. 

What do we do when we are happy? We smile! Right … but according to scientific research, it suggests otherwise. “Simply using the same muscles as smiling will put you in a happier mood," explains Dr. Michael Lewis, psychologist at Cardiff University. “That’s because use of those muscles is part of how the brain evaluates mood.” 

According to various sources on the internet, Charles Darwin was deemed to be the first person to suggest that using our expression can actually intensify our feelings. This theory is known as the “feedback loop” or “facial feedback hypothesis.”

Let’s us take another step into our journey, but this time with a smile in our face.  And witness how far our happiness can reach within our social networking. And ... it’s Friday! Yet, another good reason to be happy. So, what are you waiting for? I am done talking here, go but wait ...
Words of caution, please don’t give your smile to that hot babe or good looking guy when you are with your significant other. That would definitely prove Christakis's theory wrong. and in fact, it could be disastrous!  
Are you still here? Go on with your life and be contagious!

Until next stop,
Journey of Life


  1. Gosh I learn the most itneresting tidbits from you; never knew that about the camera as I didn't about cappuccino! So glad you linked up. Wish I could grow this one!

    1. I know. We need to find a way for you to grow it!