The Importance of a Smile

Smiling is important in everyday life, both in our personal as well as in the workplace. This article talks about the importance of a smile, gives some tips on “How to smile, even when you don’t feel like it”, discusses why is a smile infectious and finally touches upon the priceless value of a smile.

Dale Carnegie notes that “the expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.”

A smile is one of the most obvious and effective methods of non-verbal communication. A smile, both physically as well as subconsciously, transmits the message, ‘I’m glad you’re here. I’m happy to see you.’

Smiling has implications in both our personal as well as our business relationships. Smiling routinely overcomes barriers and open doors for people. A sincere smile is considered a sign of hospitality and confidence when welcoming a business associate or friend.

So what do you do if you don’t feel like smiling? Well, emotions can be controlled to a certain extent, both physically as well as emotionally. As such, you can evoke a smile using these two methods.

How to Smile, Even when You Don’t Feel like it

Physical Method

The human body associates physical responses with its associated emotion. For example, if you slouch a lot, your body will naturally feel more sluggish as compared to a person who maintains a good posture.

- Similarly, even if you feel sad, draw your lips together and lift up the ends to form a smile. You might find your mood improving naturally. This technique has helped me improve my mood countless of times.

Smile with your eyes. This technique involves concentrating your smile on your eyes instead of your lips. Think of your eyes smiling, or twinkling. You will find that your entire face will have to lift itself to accomplish this. You will find your cheekbones lifting up and the tip of your lips lifting up to form a smile.

Emotional Method

Our emotional state is all in our state of mind. As clique as it sounds, you gotta want to be happy in order to be happy. When you WANT to be happy, think happy thoughts. Think about a nice clear day, think about a loved one or a joke maybe.

Remember, happiness is frequently a choice. We can choose to be happy or miserable. Choose happiness in your life.

There is the saying “Smile and the whole world smiles with you.” Well, this saying is actually grounded in fact. When you smile, it tends to trigger off smiles in others around you. Even in extremely stressful situations, a smiles can easily brighten up everybody’s mood.

The value of a smile is priceless. It can’t be bought, begged or borrowed.

It costs nothing to give, but is the most sincere gift that one might be able to give to another. A smile brings rest to the weary, and is the best antidote for discouragement. It brings sunshine to the sad and hope to the hopeless.

A smile is infectious. Start infecting people and winning friends with your smile today.

Use the power of a smile, together with interpersonal communication techniques, to start winning friends and improving your relationships today!

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