Dale Carnegie said, your SMILE is a messenger of your goodwill and a simple way to make a good impression. Smiling makes you and those around you feel happier. An excellent way to support the habit of smiling is to consciously begin each morning with a smile.
Carnegie further advised that you smile even when you don’t feel like because action and feelings go together. If you smile regularly, your new habit can retain your brain to see the world from an optimistic perspective. The more you smile, the more you’ll escape the natural tendency of humans to focus on threats and other negativity. Your shift of thinking positively might boost your creativity and help you to be more productive.
Here are some why’s and how’s of smiling:
- It’s Contagious
We are hardwired to mirror each other’s happy looks. When you smile at someone, they automatically reflects/return your expression. An exchange of smile with another person connects the two of you in a more fundamental way. They actually experience the positivity underlying your smile and as a result, could be more satisfying with your conversation.
- It’s Healthy and Feels good
Smiling can increase the release of mood-enhancing hormones which can calm your heart rate and blood pressures, contribute to a heightened sense of well-being and lead to improved health. Smiling can help you release tension and work-related stress with an impact so profound you may experience it at cellular level.
- It makes you Look good
When you smile, there’s better chance other people will perceive you as competent, attractive, likeable and memorable. They are also more likely to find you approachable and trustworthy. Smiling also makes you look younger.
- It Spreads
The wave of good feeling can become viral, transcending from one person to another. If your smile makes another feel good, his/her mood will improve and s/he will be more likely to smile at the next face he or she sees.
- Fake Smiles work
The most powerful smiles are genuine, emanating from deep within. Social smiles that requires some effort on your part are also effective. They can also start a virtuous cycle. If you struggle to smile, but then I smile back, you will respond to my facial expression; soon, your tentative smile can be heartfelt.
- You get better at it
The more you practice a positive expression, the more likely it is that you’ll experience spontaneous smiles. The trick is to start your smile from the inside by thinking about something that makes you feel good – pondering on the image of a loved one or remembering a particular happy event.