We don’t mean sticking a fake grin on your face and go around like The Joker until you get cramps on your cheeks. This is about connection with other human beings, and smiling sincerely is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal.
Why is it good?
Besides the common sense that a good warm smile feels good to you and to the person it’s directed at, there are heaps of research about the benefits of smiling:
You get a dose of the usual feel-good suspects (dopamine, endorphin and serotonin)
Other people will feel rewarded and acknowledged (dose for them too, yay!)
Most people will smile back (OK, maybe a bit less at rush-hour on a Monday morning)
It relaxes you, relieves stress and anxiety
You are viewed as more attractive, non-threatening, reliable and sincere
We assume you know how to smile honestly without being fake or looking creepy, so here’s a list of ideas where you can let those pearls shine in all their glory:
Greeting your co-workers (yeah, even the boss)
When you order or pay for something
Entering an occupied elevator
At the person in front/behind you in a queue
At the monkeys in the zoo (and please please tell us if they smile back!)
At the bus driver
At a receptionist (doctor’s, office, etc)
To other passengers in public transport
Extra Brownie Points
Gather some goodwill and give a sincere smile to someone you normally wouldn’t.
Have a great week stretching those facial muscles and remember to share with us any comments, thoughts or questions you may have.
See you next week!