By Special to the Daily World
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Just in time for the holidays, TED Books has released "Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act," a short eBook exploring the science and magic behind this seemingly simple, yet transformative act. Smile was selected as a Kindle Single, and is also featured on iPad and Nook.
Weaving together respected science, history, and anecdotes collected in social media research and in academic studies from around the world, Ron Gutman reveals how smiling more can produce surprising benefits for you and for others around you. Looking to smile more? The book also provides useful and effective tips to bring more smiles into your life (and into the lives of others around you).
"Exploring both the 'hows' and the 'whys' of smiling, I dove deeply into the intricacies of neuroscience and biology to unveil the mechanics of how smiling works," said Gutman, who also is a health expert. "From there, I embarked on a fascinating journey of current scientific research in psychology, sociology and anthropology to discover why we smile and to reveal the role smiling plays in our daily lives. In my new TED Book "Smile," I share my findings together with personal stories from my travels around the world for humanitarian work, business, and fun, to illuminate the global, multicultural, and universal roles that smiles play in our personal lives, and around the world."
A compelling and joyful read, the book is a perfect combination of the serious and the light. Smile is ideal for those who want to know more about the science behind smiling, and also for those who just want to learn more about how smiling can transform their lives for the better.
"Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act" is a Kindle Single, one of a handful of select top books that Amazon describes as "the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present."
As part of the TED Books series, it's informative and compelling, but also can be read quickly, even in a single sitting.
The book is available for $2.99 through Amazon.com, iTunes and barnesandnoble.com, for the Kindle, the iPad, iPhone, the Nook, and for all computers with free Kindle Reader software.