“A Smile is the best makeup any girl can wear” – Marilyn Monroe
If you ask someone who knows me to describe who I am, one of the first things that they will say is that I am a fairly happy or ‘smiley’ person. This is a great thing to say about someone. As a smile has a tonne of benefits to your overall health and wellbeing.
If you can turn smiling into a habit, then you can turn happiness into a habit… let’s explore!
What are the Benefits?
1) You’re More Attractive!
Do you want to be more attractive? Simple. Smile! Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are wearing a smile.
2) A Smile is Contagious!
Have you ever been in a sour mood and then someone has come along with a huge smile, some laughter or in a really good mood? Perhaps a baby that just looked up at you and smiled? How did this make you feel?
A smile has special powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself but in those that are experiencing those feelings. The next time someone is feeling sad, scared, nervous, whatever it may be, smile at them and see how their expression changes.
3) Get Laugh lines not Frowning lines!
Wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles!
Something that we all don’t want to have, however it is something that comes to us all leaving permanent marks of our emotional feelings throughout life. Smiling throughout life will NOT mean you won’t get wrinkles… I wish it did!
It WILL mean that you will have permanent marks of happiness and when you speak with those later in life, you will automatically be smiling! You use fewer muscles to smile than you do for frowning. So aim to have happy wrinkles when you are old and grey with no frown lines. I will be.
4) Simply Feel Good!
When you’re smiling, no doubt you’re having a much better time than when you’re not! Smiling simply makes you feel better!
Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. So it looks good on you and your health just by smiling.
5) Build Better, Faster Relationships!
Smiling is such a key ingredient for establishing healthy and genuine friendships. When someone is smiling at you it indicates that they like you. When someone likes you what do you think of them? Yep, normally you’re thinking “wow, I like this person!” Smiling also offers encouragement to the person that you are talking to.
Smiling is crucial when it comes to first impressions.
6) Enhance your Business!
Business deals can be made simply through smiling. One of the first things that salespeople quickly learn is to smile. Who would you rather buy something from? The sales rep that looks bored, down, angry, frustrated or whatever it may be, or from the sales rep that is simply smiling and happy to see you?
The messages that they convey in conversation will link back to how they are feeling. A smiling person would be much more enthusiastic about the product and instill positive feelings in the buyer.
Put Smiling into Action…
Are you already a smiler?
When you are down, have you tried ‘forcing’ a smile to change your feelings? Did it work? Have you made a positive impact on another person by smiling at them?
I have. When dealing with my Cancer I quickly learned the power of smiling as both being the giver and the receiver. Give it a go yourself and have a more positive view of the world.
Have a Happy and Simily Day,