I make a point of always smiling at people on the street, in the office, or wherever I may be. I often have people commenting on this, and have actually wondered at times if it makes me come across as somewhat ‘simple’.
But then I saw this TED Talk by Ron Gutman, and realized it’s actually my superpower 🙂 Watch the talk and check out a few of my favourite points below.
A study of baseball cards found that the span of a player’s smile actually predicted longer life – if this is true, I’ll be living into my 100s, smiling away!
More than a third of us smile more than 20 times per day – I can easily say I do this, and actually think it’s quite low.
Children smile as many as 400 times per day – I think smiling makes me feel more youthful and brings fun into much of what I do!
Smiling helps reduce stress-inducing hormones and increase mood-enhancing hormones – it promotes health! There have been many studies on this.
Smiling makes you appear more competent – True, and I mentioned this in my Jobseeker advice post. Smile and people feel better around you and think you are confident and competent.
Darwin wrote: “Even the simulation of an emotion tends to arouse it in our minds.” – the act of smiling actually makes us feel better! This one’s my favourite. When I’m feeling down, I tend to spend some time with my dog or watch one of my go-to feel-good movies, and I find myself smiling and in a good mood very quickly. I wonder if it’s actually just the act of smiling that’s doing it. I will test this… now I need a bad mood to come along. Perhaps if I frown?
What power have you found in a smile? How often do you smile in a day?