Smiling is Environmentally Friendly

I saw a great tweet the other day – “Smiling is environmentally friendly.”  It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa, “Peace begins with a smile.” There is great career advice in this tweet and this quote.

I always advise my career success coach clients to smile.  Smiling makes you a more likeable person.  It helps you create positive personal impact.  Positive personal impact is really important if you want to create the life and career success you want and deserve.

I travel a lot, so I often get upgraded to first class.  I like to sit in a bulkhead row so I am often in row 1 on the aisle.  When I am in that seat I usually conduct a little experiment.  I have a good view of the people getting on the plane.  I smile and make eye contact with each person as he or she boards.  I have found that about three out of every four people will return my smile.

This admittedly very unscientific little test proves – to me at least – that people respond positively to other people who smile.  As the tweet says, “Smiling is environmentally friendly.”  When you smile at others you create a warm, friendly and inviting environment.  Such an environment makes it easier for you to build relationships and to create the life and career success you want.

When you smile often you will build a brand as a friendly open person.  I saw a poem on line about the importance of smiling.  The author wasn’t identified.  Check it out…

Smiling is infectious – you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized, I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth.
A single smile just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!

In other words, smiling is environmentally friendly.

Helen Macdonald calls herself “The Corporate Optimist.”  And as you know, I’m an incurable optimist.  I’ve given away over 10,000 copies of The Optimist Creed.  If you want a copy to hang in your office, go to http://budbilanich.com/optimist.

I found a little online piece Helen wrote called “Scientific Reasons to Smile.”

Experts in the medical field are now telling us that smiling is actually good for our immune system. Smiling for as little as 8 minutes a day (only 0.5% of the time!) raises the level of a number of the chemicals which protect our immune system from germ attack.

The good news is that researchers tell us that your brain can’t tell the difference between a forced smile and a real one — it assumes that the muscle movement is voluntary and starts to release happy hormones. These hormones make you feel warm, tingly and happy, which makes you smile more, which triggers the release of more happiness hormones, etc, etc. This can become addictive! The good news is that you can get a fix of them anytime, and lo and behold, the happy hormones will start making you feel happier too.

So, as you travel around your world, make an effort to smile. Smile at dogs and children, at the neighbors, at your family and friends, at your reflection in the mirror, at total strangers – you’ll be surprised and delighted at some of the reactions. When they smile back, enjoy the happy feeling it gives you.

The common sense career success coach point here is really simple – smile.  Smile often, smile when you meet an old friend, smile when you meet someone you don’t know.  Smile and you’ll not only feel better, you’ll be creating a more positive environment.  And, as Mother Teresa says, you’ll be creating a more peaceful world.

I love the career advice embodied in the simple tweet “Smiling is environmentally friendly.”  If you want to create an environment that will lead to your life and career success, smile.  What’s your take on the importance of smiling?  Please take a few minutes to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  As always thanks for reading my musings on life and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you. 🙂

Bud

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  1. Mark Amend says:

    Actually, the quote is “Smiling is environment friendly. It makes everyone’s day brighter, and requires very little energy.” It is from my 2011 book, Lines of Second Thoughts.

  2. Thanks for the correction, Mark.

    If you send me a copy of your book, I’ll be happy to do a review. Please let me know, and I’ll send you my snail mail address.

    All the best,

    Bud

  3. Hi, Bud

    Sorry, I never responded to your kind invitation. I just stumbled across your web page in July, and I didn’t expect a response it was just a FYI thing. Well, I just stumbled across it again today, and I saw your response. Selling my two books has been frustrating. One is still available on Amazon. Many people use my quotations on Twitter including Paris Hilton, Drake, and Wiz Khalifa. Drake got over 4000 retweets when he used one of my quotes. Of course, he does have millions of followers. Well, the problem I have with Twitter is that very few people give proper attribution. e.g. Paris Hilton did, but neither Drake, or Wiz Khalifa did. My name is very slowly starting to appear with my quotes on the internet, but as I said it has been frustrating not making any money off my writing. Although, I started writing some of my thoughts down when I was sixteen, and have kept with it ever since, I also became an engineer in order to have a steady income. My heart has always been in writing, though. I don’t read fiction so I just never have written any fiction. I guess that is the only thing that sells. Some people call the things I write modern proverbs, or inspirational, or just quotations, but I just call them ‘Lines of Thought” I have a PDF version of my book if you would still be kind enough to review it. Thanks for your response to my post, and I’m sorry I didn’t return sooner to your website to see your post.

    Sincerely,

    Mark

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