Smile Your Way to Success
As we reel from Christmas buyers remorse, slog through our annual SAD sluggishness, and waddle through our 5- pound Holiday weight gain, we could all use a dose of smile therapy. But in the rush to get back “in the swing of things” we may forget that this powerful tool is available to us 24-7.
Scientists have proven that flexing the 26 muscles that it takes to smile, generates positive chemicals in our bodies. The resulting positive feelings may help you create greater success in 2010. Happy moods lead people to be more venturesome and more open to others. Happy people are also more highly motivated and more willing to tackle tough projects.
Also, in this time of tightened belts, smiles are a free social currency. As Author Les Giblin has said, “If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no chequebook.”
Smiling shows people that we are friendly and approachable – thus making us more desirable to do business with or work with. Smiling people are judged to be more sincere, sociable, competent, and attractive and a genuine smile shows self confidence.
Smiles also motivate others. Louise Armstrong knew that smiles are contagious: “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
If you’re a manager trying to jumpstart productivity, a salesperson working to close a sale, a teacher trying to engage your students, or a parent coaxing your kid to finish their homework, a smile can inspire the behavior you are looking for.
To others your smile is a gift of encouragement, inspiration, acknowledgement, and caring. And to you, your smile may be the gift of success. So in this new decade, don’t forget to: Smile Your Way to Success.
© Donna Schilder, MCC, Leadership, Career, & Business Coach of Glacier Point Solutions, Inc., 2017. Donna@DonnaSchilder.com (562)434-7822. You are welcome to reprint this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the About the author information at the end)
Donna Schilder is an Executive Coach who provides a place for her clients to stand back, assess situations, reconnect to their goals, and choose the best approach to achieve business and personal success. Donna also owns Glacier PointSolutions, Inc. which provides Executive Coaching & Training to High Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Nonprofit leaders. Contact Donna at 562 434 7822 or Donna@DonnaSchilder.com.