The impact of positive and negative emotions might be more impactfulÂ than you thinkâand more persuasive.
A teacher in Curitiba, aÂ southern region inÂ Brazil, decided to illustrate the power of words to her students by using two cups of sealed rice.
Physical education teacher Ana Paula Frezatto Martins arranged the class in a circle around the two cups of grains.Â Then, she asked the students to say bad things to one of the cups â thingsÂ people might hear in everyday life, like âyou are uselessâ, âyou are stupidâ, and âyou canât accomplish anythingâ.
To the second glass, the teacher asked the kids to say things they would like to hear from everyone.Â The kids used such expressions asÂ âyou are specialâ, âyou can accomplish anythingâ, and âyou are smartâ.Â Days later, the rice in the âlove cupâ fermented naturally while the rice in the âhate cupâ became dark and moldy.
Martins says she has always tried to show her students the importance of highlighting positivity.
âIn my classes I explain the importance of saying nice things to each other, but kids need more tangible physical expressions of our examples,â says Martins, according toÂ Globo.
âWhen you say something nice, like âyou can do itâ, you feel that in your heart,â says 10-year-old student Anita Santini Trevisan.Â The youngsterÂ says that because ofÂ the experiment, she has triedÂ to be more positive every day.
Another student, Henrique Kloster, had a similar conclusion: âThe damage of negativity is bigger than we can imagine âŚ there are two ways to say things, the right way is to praise the good side of others with the eyes of the heart, not the eyes we see.â
The rice experiment mirrors a famous one conducted by Masaro Emoto who tested distilled water and natural water when it was frozen into crystals to see what would happen when they were exposed to different human emotional energy, in the form of words, pictures, thoughts and music â for instance, heavy metal music versus classical.Â He then observed the crystals under a microscope.
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