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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Power of a Smile

"Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too."
~~ Karen McLendon-Laumann

Smiling is indeed important in our everyday life, both in our personal lives as well as within the workplace.

Dale Carnegie notes that "the expression one wears on one's face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one's back."

This article about "The Power of a Smile" talks about the importance of a smile, gives tips on "How to smile, even when you don't feel like it", discusses on why is a smile is so infectious as well as touches upon the priceless value of giving a smile.

To begin, a smile is one of the most obvious and effective methods of non-verbal communication. It is one of the first things someone will notice about you. A smile, both physically as well as subconsciously, transmits the message, 'I'm glad you're here and that I'm happy to see you.'

Smiling has implications, both in our personal as well as our business relationships. Smiling overcomes barriers and open doors for people. A sincere smile is a message of goodwill, and is considered a sign of hospitality and confidence when dealing with a friend or a business associate.

So we know that a smile is well and good, but what happens if you don't feel like smiling? Well, emotions can be controlled to a certain extent, both physically as well as emotionally. As such, you can evoke a smile using these two methods.

How to Smile, Even when you don't feel like it

Physical Method

- The human body associates physical responses with the associated emotion. For example, if you slouch a lot, your body will naturally feel more sluggish as compared to a person who maintains a good posture.

- Similarly, even if you feel sad, you can still draw your lips together and lift up the ends to form a smile. You might find your mood improving naturally. This technique has helped me improve my mood countless of times.

- Smile with your eyes. This technique involves concentrating your smile on your eyes instead of your lips. Think of your eyes smiling, or twinkling. You will find that your entire face will have to lift itself to accomplish this. You will find your cheekbones lifting up and the tip of your lips lifting up to form a smile.

Emotional Method

- Our emotional state is all in our state of mind. As clique as it sounds, you've gotta want to be happy, in order to be happy. When you WANT to be happy, think happy thoughts. Think about a calm meadow, think about a loved one or a joke maybe.

- Remember, happiness is frequently a choice. Abraham Lincoln once noted that "most fokes are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." We can choose to be happy or miserable. Do choose happiness to fill your life.

There is the saying "Smile and the whole world smiles with you." Well, sayings like this are actually grounded in fact. When you smile, it does tend to trigger off smiles in others around you. Even in extremely stressful situations, a smile can easily brighten up everybody's mood.

The value of a smile is priceless. It can't be bought, begged or borrowed.

It costs nothing to give, but is the most sincere gift that one might be able to give to another. A smile brings rest to the weary, and is the best antidote for discouragement. It brings sunshine to the sad and hope to the hopeless.

A smile is infectious. Start infecting people and winning friends with your smile today.

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Patricia Rockwell said...

I like this post, particularly because you emphasize the benefits of smiling not only to the recipient but also to the smiler! Smiling makes you feel better. It is like exercise for the soul.

Wenbin Nah said...

Check out this link.


Its a test to see if you are able to spot fake smiles.

I got 11 out of 20 smiles. Post your results here!!!

Laura said...

enjoyed reading this post. I am going to tweet it. I could not help but to smile as I read. Great post Here is a smile for you :)

Laura said...

enjoyed reading this post. I am going to tweet it. I could not help but to smile as I read. Great post Here is a smile for you :)

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

I know this works at my job. A lot of people go around in sour moods...it's just the nature of the beast there. I get a kick out of seeing the surprised expression on their face when I smile and say a cheerful, "Hi!"

TOMAS said...

Wow, thank you for the wonderful post. Smile is the reflection of the heart. while smile is located on outside, it reveals what's inside us. I rejoice over your choice. Your post inspires trust in ultimate victory of our smiles and thus current mess cease to frighten. Thanks once again

Interpersonal Communication Skills said...

Great post on smiling! Smiling also gives others a good first impression of yourself. And first impression can be so important sometimes..

MS. AZELLE said...

Everyone of us should smile, because its the best way to tell the world, THANK YOU I AM ALIVE.

Loved Again Retro said...

What a great post, it certainly made us smile :-)