Smile Greetings and Benefits

No matter what country you’re from or what language you speak, everyone in the world understands what smile greetings means.

According to Dale Carnegie, famous self-improvement lecturer and author of the best-selling How to Win Friends and Influence People…

“It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive it, without impoverishing people who give it. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”

English essayist and poet Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was also well aware of the power of smiling. He wrote…

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are bug trifles to be sure, but scattered along life’s pathway the good they do is inconceivable.”

Here are eight reasons why you should make smiling part of your daily routine…

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Smile Greetings and 8 Benefits

 1. You’ll live longer and be in better health. University of Michigan's professor, Christopher Peterson, PhD, says, “Overall we found optimistic people are healthier. Their biological makeup is different. They have a more robust immune system.”

Peterson adds that optimistic people generally take better care of themselves – they are more likely to eat sensibly, drink in moderation and exercise regularly.

According to a November 2004 study by the Archives of General Psychiatry among people 65 to 85 years of age, optimists were 71 percent less likely to die than pessimists.

With smile greetings, you boost your levels of serotonin, which plays a vital part in regulating moods, sleep, sexuality, appetite, and releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

2. It’s easier to smile than frown. Someone once said that “It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.” I’m not sure if numbers are accurate, but you get the point – being miserable requires more work than being happy.

3. It makes you more attractive. There’s a reason people insist you smile before they take your picture, everyone looks better with a smile on their face.

4. Smiling makes you look younger. Not only do you look better, you look younger. Forget the face lifts or Botox shots; just smile more often.

5. Smiling makes you seem more successful. Meeting people with smile greetings are assumed to be more successful. If you’re always frowning, people automatically assume things aren’t going that great for you.

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6. People treat you differently. If you start with smile greetings, people are more likely to start a conversation with you. People want to be around people who smile.

7. You’ll spend less time in jail. Studies have shown that judges give lighter sentences to people if they’re smiling.

8. You’ll have a more satisfying relationship. A study by Dr. Dacher Keltner showed that women who showed an intense happiness in their smile were more likely to marry by the age of 27 and maintain a satisfying relationship.

In his classic book, How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling, Frank Bettger told of how when he’d give talks across the country, he’d challenge people to start smile greetings with others for 30 days. He received thousands of letters talking about the impact this simple gesture had on their lives. He cites the following letter as typical of the letters he received:

“My wife and I had just about agreed to separate. Of course, I thought she was entirely at fault. Within a few days after I began to put this idea into action, happiness was restored in my home. I then came to realize that I had been losing out in business because of a sullen, losing attitude. At the end of the day, I would go home and take it out on my wife and children. It was all my fault, not my wife’s at all. I am a totally different man from what I was a year ago. I’m happier because I’ve made others happy too. Now everybody greets me with a smile. In addition, my business has shown surprising improvement.”

Four Actions to Start Right Now

 1. “Fake it till you make it.” Dale Carnegie said it about enthusiasm, but it applies to smile greetings too. Put a smile on your face and even when things aren’t going so well, you can’t help but feel better.

2. Find the humor in situations. Who can forget the last scene of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” when Brian, sentenced to death by crucifixion for his part in a kidnapping plot, joins in with the other 140 doomed men and sings “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”?

3. Smile at least five times a day for no good reason. Make smiling part of your daily schedule. Add it to your day timer so you don’t forget. Make a point to smile at yourself first thing every morning when you look in the mirror.

4. Sing a song that makes you smile. There are certain songs that when you hear them, you can’t help but smile. One of the more famous ones is “Put On a Happy Face” from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

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But in my opinion, the greatest song about smile greetings was written by the person many consider to be the greatest film comedian of all time. Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin was a great entertainer, but you may not know that he was also a prolific composer. Eighteen years after his most famous melody appeared on the soundtrack of his 1936 film “Modern Times,” two Englishmen, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, wrote lyrics to it and titled it “Smile.”

No matter where you are, if you’re feeling less than stellar, you can’t help but feel better about the state of your world if you sing these words to Chaplin’s melody:

Smile tho’ your heart is aching,
Smile, even though it’s breaking,
When there are clouds in the sky – you’ll get by,
If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through – for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide ev’ry trace of sadness,
Altho’ a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile – what’s the use of crying,
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

And remember – when you are on the phone the person you are talking to can hear a smile in your voice as you speak. You come over as friendlier and more pleasant to deal with. And that’s got to be good for business, hasn’t it?

Article written by John Wood. This article appears courtesy of The Golden Thread, an e-letter from AWAI that delivers original, no-nonsense advice on how to build your freelance business. For a free subscription, visit http://www.awaionline.com/thegoldenthread].
Article edited and posted by Quality Assurance Solutions

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