September 19, 2011

Letter to the Editor: Fake it ’till you make it

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To the Editor:

I had the opportunity this month to visit our beautiful campus above Cayuga’s waters. I noticed that many of the scholars shuttling between classes were without smiles on their faces; much like I was as I scurried about the quads in the early 80s.

Hopefully, it was just the day’s rain that brought on a less than cheery mood, but consider the therapeutic benefit of a smile on your face. “Putting on a sad face or a smile directly produces the feelings that the expressions represent, according to a new theory of how emotions are produced,” The New York Times reported in 1989, in the article “A Feel-Good Theory: A Smile Affects Mood.” A possible secondary benefit would be that visitors and prospective students will have their hearts warmed by all the smiling faces they see.

Enjoy your time at Cornell and don’t forget to give yourself and others the gift of a smile.

Mario Delgado ’84