Notes of Encouragement

Spreading happiness to others is a great way to increase personal happiness. Science Daily reports that due to empathetic response, both smiles and frowns are contagious. In Ron Gutman's "The Power of Smiling" TedX talk, he mentions how even the mere physical act of smiling can actually increase happiness even without feeling good in the first place.
 
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The Importance of Smiling:
  1. Studies have also revealed that smiling has a direct connection with a longevity of life.
  2. Happy, cheerful people are 35% more likely to live longer (Munteanu).
  3. Smiling decreases stress levels and increases white blood cells (Loma Linda University School of Medicine). This, in turn, increases immunity, so next time you're fighting a cold, fight it with a smile! If that isn't reason enough, consider that smiling is also a natural beauty enhancer and painkiller. 
  4. "British researchers have found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate." - Ron Gutman
Pennsylvania YouTuber Christine Halliday partnered with magazine Fig Lancaster to create a web series about maximizing every moment and spreading that happiness. She's a teacher, writer, and mom, focusing on the positivity around us. 

"This world is a
mostly beautiful place, and it's just waiting for more people to point that out." - Christine Halliday

From this uplifting idea
 "Wild and Precious Now" was born. The videos range from asking strangers about their bucket lists to being tourists in your own town.
In this particular video, "Happiness hack," Christine leaves encouraging and thoughtful notes in places where people are sure to find them. One small note of encouragement might go on to affect more people than expected. 

Whether it is at the office, at school, or out in public, leaving these notes are sure to brighten someone's day and create a chain reaction. So pick up some bright sticky-notes and start spreading some happiness (and health). 

Here are some ideas for notes of encouragement!
  • Make it short and simple; you can say a lot in a couple words
  • If the note is for someone specific, make it personal - they will appreciate the effort
  • Try putting them on bathroom mirrors, on bulletin boards, on windshields, in coat drive coat pockets, or even in library books. 
  • Try to keep your notes anonymous 
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