“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Never underestimate the power of a smile …..even when you don’t feel like it. Because we never know what another person is going through, your smile may be the only one they see all day.
THE SIMPLE ACT OF SMILING BOOST MOODS AND CREATES AN OVERALL FEELING OF WELL-BEING
When you smile at someone first, even a complete stranger, it will usually be returned. The “feel-good chemicals” that your smile generates, bring about a feeling of euphoria elevating both your mood and the other person’s.
Those who smile at others are generally happier, less stressed and healthier, which has an impact on lifespan. Research shows that smiling regulates your heart and blood pressure, decreases depression and anxiety, reduces inflammation, physical pain and discomfort as well as stress levels and tension, which strengthens your immune system.
Because smiles are contagious and all people smile in the same language, your smile can be the beginning of a chain reaction as it is passed on to others by the person with whom you first shared yours.
SMILING MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE, MORE CONFIDENT AND MIGHT EVEN WIN YOU A PROMOTION
The muscles that are used to smile give you a more youthful and attractive appearance, which can boost self-esteem.
A smile exudes confidence and competence, inducing feelings of trust, putting others at ease, making them feel comfortable quickly. Those who smile regularly are often looked on as leaders, are assumed to be more motivated, and have greater problem solving skills to handle high-pressure situations, making them more likely to get a promotion or close a business deal.
Silence and smiling are two very powerful tools. – Paulo Coelho