How Many People Will You Smile At Today?
On average, how many people do you smile at per day? Do you smile freely, or are your smiles reserved for your nearest and dearest?
Here are four fun facts about smiling...
#1 – Smiling is good for your health
Numerous studies have shown that smiling reduces stress, boosts your mood, strengthens your immune system and releases endorphins to create a general sense of well-being.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
#2 – Smiling is good for your career
When you smile you convey confidence, approachability and interpersonal skills (such as relationship building), all of which are qualities needed to climb the career ladder.
#3 – Smiling is contagious
As humans, we naturally tend to ‘mirror’ the facial expressions of others; therefore, when someone smiles at you, whether consciously or unconsciously, we have the tendency to smile back.
When you smile at someone, even if they are having a challenging day, it is incredibly hard for them to resist the urge to smile back... and you never know; the warmth of your smile, may boost their mood and help to change the course of their day.
#4 – Smiling is free
It costs nothing to smile, but the impact can be transformational.
Reflection and Action
Smiling is free, it feels fantastic and has numerous benefits, so let's get out there and give the world our best smiles!
Are you ready? Today, I challenge you to smile at five strangers. Let’s see how much joy you can spread to yourself and those around you.