(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
These days when I go for a run with my mask on, I find myself falling out of a habit that I had had pre-pandemic: smiling at other runners and walkers on the trails. With the mask covering my mouth, a smile seemed silly.
However, neuroscience researchers say–No, it’s not silly. In fact, a smile, even if it is unseen, can have a positive effect on our emotions and on those people whom we are smiling at.
As our campuses slowly open up to more face-to-face contact with colleagues, students and others we come across while still wearing masks, we’ll have opportunities to increase a feeling of connectedness and well-being with just a little effort behind our masks.