Monday, December 18, 2006

Apparently living under a regime that more or less amounts to cultural house arrest in Communist China doesn't make people too happy. At least, that's a major problem the Chinese government is having to contend with as they petition to host the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. A survey recently showed that only 2% of people in China smile at strangers.

To combat the unattractive sadness felt en masse by the Chinese the Chinese government has arranged for people to stand in public places and smile at others. Statistically, it really means that there will be more happiness.

Best quote ever:

"We ask all the members to practice smiling at home," team-leader Xu Xiaohong told the paper. "We smile at the mirror to determine whether our smiles are acceptable. We not only smile with our mouths but also with our eyes."

With a technique as focused as that, emotional problems will be a thing of the past because as we know - if you look happy you are happy. That is all.

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