There is evidence that when we smile, even if we aren’t feeling it at that moment, we begin to feel better.
We can actually make ourselves feel better by smiling at others. Now, wasn’t that easy? When I receive a smile, I tend to automatically to return it. If I am not ‘up to sorts’, I try to wear a smile and find that I work my way out of my funk and probably am helping others get out of their funk, too.
We don’t need to be goofy about it all. A simple grin at another person will help you and the other person. You might well find that you form a new habit. You might also find that you develop a new friend or a deeper friendship.
We automatically work to stay out of the way of that guy or gal who is not happy almost as though we don’t want to catch whatever it is they’re having a problem getting beyond.
Be brutally honest with yourself and try to recall the last time you were in a funk. Were people tending to stay away from you? Did you continue to feed on your funk? Did you ever get out of that funk all day, or did you take it home with you, too?
If you are seeking a new job, smile when you encounter anyone at the possible new place of employment, and continue to convey this positivity at all you encounter. No one there wants to hire a sourpuss. They probably already have their quota of bored, dreary, or even scowling faces.
Just a simple show of your dimples, if you have those, is all it takes. If you are about to interview with a person who has yet to find his or joy today, don’t go overboard but just smile a sincere smile as you introduce yourself. You will almost be able to feel the atmosphere in the room changing for the better.
Another thing is very interesting, too. When you are talking with a smile on your face that comes through even if you’re not in the same room with the person to whom you’re talking. Your voice can convey the happiness on your face, just as it can convey the frown if that is pasted there.
If you are already a smiler, keep it up.
I have literally had people comment on my smile or lack of smile. If you smile once in a while, try to increase the frequency. At the least, keep a happy thought in mind and that will begin to help you smile more often and you may find the people around are in a better mood too!
Tom Krist, CEO
I lost one of my best friends this past year, who I truly miss. He was a dear friend and a great mentor to me. He helped me to get started in this business. One of the things I remember most about my friend Jim is his wonderful, infectious, and memorable smile. He could light up a room with that smile and he had the ability to smile in both good times and bad. This posting is in honor of Jim’s legacy.