The following excerpt is from Ginger Mark’s Monthly Newsletter. I receive Words of Wisdom from Ginger every month and there are always words that give me pause for thought. This month I found the following to have considerable meaning in the light of current world events. I am honored that Ginger has allowed me to share them with you, my readers. Please read, enjoy, and follow links to Gingers website and to sign up to receive your own copy. Subscribe Here
Words of Wisdom Volume 11 Issue 131 Nov 2016
||A Smile is Worth More than You Think|
If you have been in business for any length of time, you may have learned to smile in spite of how you are feeling. Numerous articles have been written, and many coaches have said that, as business people, we should keep a smile on our faces—even when we’re talking on the phone.
Much has been said about how others are much more easily attracted to us, and our message, when we present it with a smile. However, I am here to tell you that there is far more to a smile than just showing off our pearly whites.
Wearing a smile has a fascinating effect not only on others, but on our physical being as well. One thing that happens is that our brain chemistry actually changes. When we smile chemicals called endorphins are released into our brains. These endorphins have a physiological effect of relaxing not just our brain, but our bodies too. When we are more relaxed, we are less stressed. When we’re less stressed, we are not only happier, but healthier as well.
Stress can wreak havoc on our immune systems. It can even cause cancer! Well, maybe not exactly cause cancer, but it sure can enable that terrible disease to become more active. And then, there are factors like heart disease; think high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to many other health issues, including heart attack and stroke.
You get the picture; and to think that it all happens because we don’t smile enough.
Another benefit of smiling is how it affects others. Imagine for a moment being in a tense situation. Suppose someone accidentally bumps into you in line. Now, you could get angry and act like a fool, which could only make matters worse, or you could smile and say something like, "It’s nice to meet you." Alternatively, if it was an auto accident, you might say something like, "You didn’t have to run into me to get my attention. I would be happy to tell you all about myself anytime." At that point, you’ve opened the door for conversation. Who knows where the conversation could go from there?
So, you see how a smile can diffuse tension within us, causing us to calm our emotions and even those with whom we come into contact?
As I mentioned at the outset, smiling is a super-important business tool. When we smile, whether on the phone or in person, it comes through in voice and our bearing. Those who we share our smile with will not only hear the excitement in our tone when we speak but will immediately deem us trustworthy. Remember, they have to know, like, and trust us before they’ll ever consider doing business with us. Therefore, this one small act of smiling draws people like a magnet. People will gravitate towards positive people. Even a negative person may approach us, wanting to know why we are happy. So, in order to have a more magnetic personality that draws people, make a smile a part of your daily dress.
Consider one other important reason to smile. Alyssa Detweiler wrote an article for the website Inspiyr which was titled, “9 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Smile More. In the article she wrote, “If you’re in a position of power, or want to be, smiling may be the key to your success. A group of researchers from The University of Montpellier discovered that smiling is a more effective leadership technique than having great management responsibilities.”
When we learn to smile more, we will draw others to us, have a healthier life, and calm others who would otherwise react hesitantly toward us.
So, remember to smile big and smile often. A cheerful heart is good for the mind, body, and soul. Moreover, it’s good for business!
© Copyright 2016 Ginger Marks
The Value Of A Smile
It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away. And if in the last-minute rush of the business-day, some of our colleagues should be too tired to give a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours? For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give!