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. 🙂