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The Power of the High Five

Reasons why something as simple as a high five can change your day.

1. The Smile

It is darn hard to give someone a high five and not smile. Even if you are not in the best mood, a good high five can turn any frown upside down. Create a reason to smile and experience the effect of happiness.

2. The Connection

Connecting with our fellow man is a crucial component to happiness. Being part of a team and knowing your value through connection is priceless. According to Professor Ketltner from University of California Berkley, and author of “Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life,” physical contact is “the first language we learn” and “our richest means of emotional expression.”

3. The Feeling

The smack of the hands, the smile, and the connection lead to the best uplifting feeling. What is that feeling? On a scientific level, it is a release of oxytocin into the blood steam and the reduction of the stress hormone called cortisol. The spontaneous act generates feelings of trust, companionship, and excitement.

4. The Power

It is simple. When we do things that generate feel good emotions we step into our power.  In psychology, the concept of embodied cognition suggests that just as the mind influences bodily functions, bodily functions can influence the mind.  Physical expressions of power generate feelings of empowerment and and therefore lead to powerful actions.

 5. The Effect 

Wholeness. Oneness. Lightness. The high five propels you out of regret of the past, away from the fear of the future, and right to the beauty of the present. With a smile, a connection and an uplifted feeling we are better versions of ourselves. Even if it lasts for one second, the high five can be a divine moment. See how Rob from Improv employs the power of the high five on the New York Subway in this great video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abt8aAB-Dr0 Now go ahead and give someone a high five and experience the power. Thanks for reading.

 Resources: 

Carey Benedict. “Evidence that Little Touches Do Mean so Much” The New York TImes Feb. 22, 2010. McNemey. “A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You are Not Your Brain” Scientific American November 4, 2011.