Yes, Your Smile Really Is Contagious

I begin most of my lectures by asking the audience to break up into pairs. Then I say this:

“Over the course of your life, you have excelled in part because of your impressive self-discipline. I want you to take all of the self-discipline you’ve been cultivating for the past couple of decades to do the following. For the next seven seconds, no matter what your partner says or does, I want you to show absolutely no emotional reaction. Go completely blank.”

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Chris Thomas