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For those who know me well, they know that beneath the fashionista and the foodie lies a nerd within. That nerd loves completing a to-do list, the feeling of thumbing through an unopened book at a book store, and abandoning her contact lenses for her mildly over-sized tortoise glasses on special scholarly occasions. That nerd also loves her a good Ted talk.

Some are better than others, and this one on smiling is--in my opinion--one of the best. I find the most attractive thing on another person to be their smile. Ron Gutman tells us we should do it more often.

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"We're born smiling, even in the womb. Blind babies smile to the sound of the human voice.

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It's the most universal form of expression for all humans.

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Children smile as much as 400 times per day!

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The act of smiling itself makes us feel better.

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1 smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.

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The same study found that smiling is as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 pounds sterling in cash.

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That's like 25 grand a smile. Not bad! 25,000 times 400--that means lots of kids feel like Mark Zuckerburg every day!"

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So say sayonara to Monday blues by turning that frown upside down.