A high five is an elastic collision resulting in the transfer of kinetic energy. For students, high fives commonly occur during moments of celebration— a made basketball shot or completing a team project.
But, a high five is an action that can be given at any time.
To give a high five, outside of a celebratory moment, provides a small burst of energy, and, can bring a smile to the recipients face. And, a smile elevates one's mood by triggering the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
On the (im)perfect podcast, Luke West and I discussed the impact high fives have on changing the state of physiology, in yourself and others, especially in moments of sadness and frustration.
Before speaking at a Middle School last week, the teacher asked students to greet me with a handshake. I, therefore, requested a high five in its place- observing an immediate response of a smile, lowering their initial feelings of nervousness.
To intently decide to deliver a high five, we choose actions of pleasure for ourselves. And, in return, provide a similar response to others. We can teach students to alter their own and others’ emotions of sadness or anger by choosing a simple act of a high five.
Originally published in LinkedIn.