What determines how we feel and what we express?

Faces reveal a lot. A recent newspaper story included a picture of a bootmaker who was clearly delighted over an increasing demand for the footwear he personally designs and assembles. His business is thriving! Then there was a report on television showing a financial analyst confident and secure as he scanned the very favorable figures from the world's financial markets. What these people were seeing indicated growth and prosperity, and this was reflected in their expressions.

Sometimes, however, what is being expressed on faces or in people's attitudes indicates undesirable conditions. The anger of demonstrators shouting and waving torches because of political oppression. Unemployed workers, frustrated and desperate. Some expressions tell of despair, some of hatred.

Southern California Earthquake Relief
April 18, 1994

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