It turns out that Botox makes people who are depressed feel better. How is this? Botox paralyzes the muscles in our foreheads that we tense up when we frown or feel grief. Counterintuitive as it may sound, our facial expressions actually affect our mood, so being unable to frown makes you feel better.
I read about this today, in, you guessed it, Amy Cuddy’s Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Her research is on the power of body language, and so you can see how this fact about Botox is relevant to her work. The Botox thing isn’t actually a cure, since there are some negative side effects associated with it as well, but it is really interesting.
I am not depressed, but I am in a bad mood. I received an email today saying that I wouldn’t be interviewed for the part-time position I applied for on Day 11. I am ridiculously well-qualified for that particular job, and it sounds like they only received twenty applications. Yes, twenty is a lot, but it’s not that many, and I really did have all the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position. The job wouldn’t necessarily be perfect for me, but I would have liked the opportunity to interview for it.
Like I said the other day, though, this blog is about finding solutions not whining about problems, so I sent them an email asking if they would give me some feedback. I’m genuinely interested to hear what they’ll say. I’m totally willing to take additional classes if I need to in order to get a job, but in this case I’m not even sure what I’m lacking.