We all know that smiling is good. If you are seen in public with a frown on your face, at least one person will tell you ‘smile’ or ‘turn that frown upside down.’ A lot of my clients tell me that they would like to smile more. It is no secret that everybody likes smiling and seeing smiles. The point of this post is to put more smiles out there by reminding you why smiling is important. I want you to know how smiling can help you, so that you will remember to smile next time it will help you.
Smiling Will Help You Feel Better
The way feel is sometimes heavily influenced by the way we act. There is evidence out there (albeit not very strong) that having a confident body will help you feel more confident. I believe that a smile can do the same thing, especially if you allow it too. Unless you are going through a really rough time (and sometimes even then), putting on a fake smile will help you improve your mood. Try it right now. Then look away from your computer screen and ask these questions: How do I feel right now? How do I feel about this smile? What does it look like I am feeling? What would I think if I saw someone smiling like this?… Do you feel better now, I bet you do. If you don’t, then you are either your smile wasn’t silly enough or you didn’t do it long enough.
Your Smile Will Help Others Feel Better
When I get home from a tough day at work and my wife smiles at me, it makes my day. Now, I am very much in love with my wife, so the effect is very strong. However, psychologists have known that emotions are contagious for a while now. When I was in primary school, I used to cycle home from school every afternoon. Every time I passed a grown up doing something in their garden or in front of their house, I would greet them with a smile. I got a genuine smile back from them EVERY SINGLE TIME. Now that I am grown man, my smile doesn’t have the same effect any more, but it still has a positive effect most of the time. Every time I get to the cashier to pay for my grocery, I greet them with a smile. If I don’t get a smile back, I can at least see their eyes light up a little… most of the time. Sometimes they are just having a really bad day, no amount of strangers’ smiles will cheer them up. If smiling at strangers have such a good effect, just think of the effect it will on the people you matter to…
People Like People Who Smile
This is almost a corollary from my point above. How much do you think people will like you if you make them feel better. Nobody really want to be in the presence of a bitter ball, but everybody wants to be in the presence of a happy chappy. Of course you can’t be happy all the time, but if you are in the presence of others and you have the emotional capacity to smile at the time, do it! People will like you more, and will be more inclined to want to hang out with you. This all will make it easier to make friend or find people to do business with.
A Smile Is Key To Making A Good First Impression
Smile when you meet a person for the first time. Whether you meet them for the first time ever or for the first time today, make sure to smile! Make sure that this smile is genuine, because people can spot a fake smile faster than the next season of their favourite series, a fake smile won’t do you any favours. So how do make sure your smile is genuine? Well, BE happy to see the other person! Then, let your happiness shine through for smile! If you are happy to see someone, they will automatically be more inclined to be happy to see you. This will help you make a good first impression, which goes long ways in all kinds of things. Admittedly this is easier said than done, I don’t get it right every time either, but practice makes perfect! So practice being happy to see people.
Smiling Makes You More Attractive
Rashida Jones once said: “Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humour, that’s beautiful.” No wonder she smiles so much (do a quick Google image search). She is absolutely right though. This why people say “turn that frown upside down.” Frowning is ugly, but smiling is beautiful. Also, smiling exudes happiness, and happiness is attractive ergo, smiling is attractive.
Smiling is a very important vehicle on your path to success. Make sure to use it often and abundantly. If you can smile, do it! If you can’t smile fake it (if you are alone). Let your happiness shine, and it will spread to those around and make everyone feel better, including yourself. Remember, smiling doesn’t cost a thing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]