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★The Power of a Smile

The Power of a Smile –
How Smiling Can Change Your Life and Change the World
By Brendan Baker

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

This is a fun post about smiling. Why fun? Well let’s face it, when we’re smiling we are normally having a pretty good time!

If you were to ask someone who knows me to describe who I am, undoubtedly one of the first things that they will say is that I am a continually happy or ‘smiley’ person. This is something that I always laugh about as it has been mentioned many times throughout my life! The good thing is I’m not complaining as a smile has a ton of benefits to your overall wellbeing.

Smiling is number 2 on the list of the 43 Habits of Absolutely Happy People. If you can turn smiling into a habit, then you can turn happiness into a habit… let’s explore!

1) You’re More Attractive!

Do you want to be more attractive? Simple. Smile! Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are wearing a smile. This one is a no-brainer, but for the sake of helping it land in your mind, think about someone who you know and think of first when they are down, sad, angry, frustrated, whatever it may be. How attractive are they? Now picture them simply with a smile on their face. What does this do to their attractiveness? If you took the time to do this exercise, I’m sure you would have easily found the smiling version much more attractive, and maybe this even made you feel a happy tingle inside yourself! This leads to my next point.

2) You Can CHANGE THE WORLDA Smile is Contagious!

Have you ever been in a sour mood and then someone has come along with a huge smile, some laughter or in a really good mood? Perhaps a baby that just looked up at you and smiled? How did this make you feel? When the person you are talking to or the people that surround you are smiling, you won’t be able to help but smile!

A smile has special powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself, but in those that are experiencing those feelings. The next time someone is feeling sad, scared, nervous, whatever it may be, smile with them and see how this makes them feel!

Even 2Pac, the rap legend that passed away realized the benefits of smiling, in his lyrics to ‘Power of a Smile’ he raps: The power of a gun can kill, and the power of fire can burn The power of wind can chill, and the power of mind can learn The power of anger, can raise inside until it tears you apart But the power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart

A smile is a contagious thing. Give to the world and the world will give back to you. Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you. You will brighten the days of those around and make a difference in their lives… simply by smiling!

3) Grow Old Sexily!

Wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles! Something that we all don’t want to have, however it is something that comes to us all leaving permanent marks of our emotional feelings throughout life. Smiling throughout life will NOT mean you won’t get wrinkles… I wish it did! It WILL however mean that you will have permanent marks of happiness and when you speak with those later in life, you will automatically be smiling!

You also use fewer muscles to smile than you do for frowning. Hopefully you’re smiling now as you read this, but if not, smile now! … Now that you have tried smiling, try and frown. Which one do you think is easier? I would definitely say smiling is the easier of the two, and therefore stretching your muscles and skin less throughout life to grow old sexily!

4) Simply Feel Good!

When you’re smiling, no doubt you’re having a much better time than when you’re not! Smiling simply makes you feel better!

Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you’re not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel!

5) Build Better, Faster Relationships!

Smiling is such a key ingredient for establishing healthy and genuine friendships. When someone is smiling at you it indicates that they like you. When someone likes you what do you think of them? Yep, normally you’re thinking “wow, I like this person!” Smiling also offers encouragement to the person that you are talking to. Think about it, if someone is smiling at you while you are talking to them, you feel as though they are totally into what you are saying, encouraging you to keep going!

Smiling is crucial when it comes to first impressions. Smiling when you first meet someone will indicate to the other person that you are genuinely happy to see them and that you are a positive person. These impressions will be lasting on the other person so definitely not one to miss!

6) Enhance your Business!

Business deals can be made simply through smiling. One of the first things that sales people quickly learn is to smile. Who would you rather buy something from? The sales rep that looks bored, down, angry, frustrated or whatever it may be, or from the sales rep that is simply smiling and happy to see you? The messages that they convey in conversation will link back to how they are feeling. A smiling person would be much more enthusiastic for the product and in still positive feelings in the buyer.

Even telesales have got a hold on this. Now sales reps that are on the other side of the phone are encouraged to smile when they talk as the smile is conveyed in how the person is talking!

Action Plan

1) Smile!

It can’t be that hard, can it?

2) Visualize your happiest moments
A number of people will say that they find it hard to smile due to circumstances in their life. Research has shown that our thoughts and feelings influence our behavior. As this is the case, I encourage you to close your eyes and think of the moments that have made you laugh and smile. How does this make you feel? These visualization exercises are great for helping you smile.

3) Just do it!
Further research has now flipped the above completely on its head and suggested that our behavior can actually influence our thoughts and feelings! As this is the case, I encourage you to JUST DO IT! Simply forcing a smile will give you the benefits of the above. Stand up straight, work on your posture, smile to the world and ‘fake it till you make it’! It WILL work!

Hope it made you smile!! :)

Thank you Nancee!!

This is a powerful thread!

There is so much to be said for the power of a smile….

Thank you Kathi and Robert for your positive response. I am so very glad you enjoyed it!

wonderful article…

love this & so agree

Visualize your happiest moments
A number of people will say that they find it hard to smile due to circumstances in their life. Research has shown that our thoughts and feelings influence our behavior. As this is the case, I encourage you to close your eyes and think of the moments that have made you laugh and smile. How does this make you feel? These visualization exercises are great for helping you smile.

this too
Have you ever been in a sour mood and then someone has come along with a huge smile, some laughter or in a really good mood? Perhaps a baby that just looked up at you and smiled? How did this make you feel? When the person you are talking to or the people that surround you are smiling, you won’t be able to help but smile!

sometimes when I’ve been in a busy-busy-mode …and can’t imagine toning it down just yet…and a baby…a joyous baby with those innocent eyes and lovely baby face cheeks …smiles ear to ear… that makes me know we can (often) easily… shift gears… even when we think …not now(:

“One smile has the power to…
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?”
Richelle E. Goodrich,

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail. Og Mandino American Author and Inspirational Speaker

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Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward with the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. Og Mandino/American Author and Inspirational Speaker

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It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. Mother Teresa Catholic Nun, Missionary and Nobel Prize Recipient

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How many times have we walked by someone on the street or in a hallway and instead of saying hello we pretend we don’t see them? The truth is that all of us, deep down inside, have a need to be seen, acknowledged and appreciated. We are on a spiritual journey that can at times be very lonely. And one of the simplest and most effective ways to help our fellow traveler is to smile and say hello. Ron Atchison Mayor of Inspiration Peak

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“A smile is nature’s best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can’t be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give”. Dale Carnegie

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” Tom Wilson

“Always wear a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give.”
Rabbi Nachman

Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love. Nachman of Breslov

“Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.”
Art Linkletter

“Smile — sunshine is good for your teeth.” ~Author unknown

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Mother Teresa


Jive Aces ~ Smile

Feeling good, Feeling better, Feeling wonderful

I smiled a lot today. It was my first day back to work, after vacation. I felt it and others could see I was more at peace, rested and joyful than usual… and that is generally quite a bit.

I did feel different. My vacation had the intention of creating a good of whatever I needed for myself in each fresh new moment… It wasn’t about finishing things… It was about creating the space… and doing from the space… making it so real, so a part of me that my body only accepted being in this good place I was in… My spirit was completely inspired to keep responding to loving me and moving forward with things I am doing for me & will do in my future. It gave me a beautiful rush.

So yes I was smiling inside and out and still am. And so enjoyed from the inside out! And bringing this kind of space w/me was awesome at a place of business. It then truly becomes play for all whom you interact with.

It was a good and fun day! So grateful for all the tools I have learned in my life. Grateful for our community! We live in an awesome universe! Thank YOU God!

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