Gotta Love Those Mirror Neurons

As a motivational speaker, one of the most frequent questions I am asked, is “How do I quickly get myself out of a bad mood?”

I’ve always contended that if you want to shake off negativity, put on some great music, pull down the blinds and dance like no one’s watching.   And yes, now we have lots of fabulous research to prove that it’s true.  But did you know that you can get the same effect simply by WATCHING someone else dance?

MRI scans show that watching someone dance activates the same neurons that would fire if you yourself were doing the moves.  So when one dancer’s movement expresses joy or sadness, others often get to experience it as well, spreading feelings and fostering empathy.

Doubt me?  Go rent “Singin’ in the Rain” and watch Gene Kelly skip the light fantastic with his umbrella.

You will go from cranky to happy in a nano-second!

From your singing, dancing, movie watching motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Yes Yes Yes!!  This motivational speaker knows this strategy to be unequivocally true!  Spread the news and let’s get everybody dancing :)

  2. Awesome! I’m all for letting someone else do all the work! :)  This is GREAT advice though, Linda. I’m going to try this for sure!

  3. Seriously!  Like Kelly said, can I watch my next class of hot Pilates and get the same affect as if I were in there?  Oh if like were that easy!!!!

  4. Good thing this motivational speaker is going to New York soon and taking in some Broadway plays! Wonderful insight, Linda.

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