In 2001 neurologist Patrik Vuilleumeir found that a person’s amygdala responds in threat mode to the appearance of fearful expressions of others EVEN IF that person is paying attention to something else. The amygdalae’s job is to signal our stress response so that we have valuable stress hormones actively recruiting blood to the large muscle masses in the body in preparation for fighting hard or running fast. But do we actually need these hormones to flood our system in response to a facial gesture? Based on this study even those in close proximity to us will feel our fear and brace against it, putting more fear out into the world.
In what ways can you be mindful today about the emotions you have written on your own face?
Perhaps practice smiling while you drive and see how that shapes your day.
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