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It’s Monday morning and according to research I can make today a lot more bearable for everyone just by smiling. BUT, it’s important to note, it’s not just that I smile. It’s how I’m smiling.
A study, carried out by the ‘Go Group’, a business support organisation based in Scotland looked at people’s reactions to different grins.
They have identified three types of smile to avoid:
1) ‘The Enthusiast’
very wide, all teeth showing, possible evidence that you can have too much of a good thing.
2) ‘Big Freeze’
a fixed grin that looks practised and fake. (And my goodness I’m tempted to play this card today!
3) ‘The Robot’
a small, thin smile, lacking in warmth.
The group also warns about smiling too quickly, saying it can make you look insincere. The best smile, is slow and naturally flows across the whole face – I’m nervous, this is going to be somewhat of a challenge as I’m totally despairing at the moment.
According to Ron Gutman, (taken from a Forbes post) Smiling is not just a universal means of communicating, it’s also a frequent one. More than 30% of us smile more than 20 times a day and less than 14% of us smile less than 5 times a day. In fact, those with the greatest superpowers are actually children, who smile as many as 400 times per day!
We know that smiling makes you look better, definitely makes you feel good and is somewhat contagious – when someone smiles at you you do tend to want to smile back, it lightens a situation. Smiling has HEAPS of other benefits including health/stress related advantages. It has also been reported to have more beneficial effects on the brain’s reward mechanism than even chocolate!
So now after reading all I’ve read this morning there’s only one thing for it, I need to think of nice things, feel grateful for all that I have, remember that the rest of the world are all feeling pretty crappy at the moment and despite everything going on here it’s possible to cheer everyone up just by SMILING ;-))))
Just read this on marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog… A gentle reminder that by simply smiling and having a positive outlook makes a world of difference to those around you.
So, today, no matter how you feel enter each new conversation, meeting or event with a happier outlook try this for just one day and notice the difference it makes; to everything! ‘Emotional handwashing Emotions are far more contagious than any disease. A smile or a panic will spread through a group of people far faster than any virus ever could. When you walk into the office or a negotiation, then, wash your bad mood away before you see us. Don’t cough on us, don’t sneeze on us, sure, but don’t bring your grouchiness, your skepticism or your fear in here either. It might spread.’ Seth Godin