When a baby smiles all but the hardest of hearts responds by smiling back, for the smile of a baby is indeed a beautiful thing. Until recently, it was assumed that this smile was a reflex, as the assumption was that babies had no mechanism to understand the social smile. Research is starting to show that in fact babies do very quickly learn the social smile. The unconscious mind is such a powerful force!
For, of course, the emotions are governed by the unconscious mind. We process our interactions and experiences, fed by the five senses, and these inform our unconscious responses and learnings. And this process is happening all of the time. It is, therefore, kind of unsurprising that babies master the social smile, that real smile which we instantly recognise and instinctively know when it is being faked. Babies almost have an advantage in that the critical faculty, which can be such a barrier to much, is yet to form, allowing babies to unquestioningly process what works and what does not.
As adults, we can learn how the critical faculty works and how it can be a barrier to change. We can learn about the conscious and unconscious minds, what they do and how they work. Learning is power, and with that power we can overcome our internal barriers to change, and move to a new model of the world where we can achieve our goals. Which sounds amazing, doesn’t it?