I realize that’s a huge claim to say something as small as a smile can change your life, so let me explain. Research shows:
Smiling affects how we’re perceived. When we smile, people treat us differently. We’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
Smiling affects our brains. The act of smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress.
Smiling affects people around us. Our smiles are literally contagious. Each time we smile at someone their mirror neurons coax them to return the favor.
So, how can a smile change your life? It makes you more attractive, puts you in a good mood, helps relieve stress and makes everyone around you happy too. Voila!
If that’s the case, it’s important that we smile often and genuinely, right? Here are 3 simple steps to a better smile.
Step 1: Imagine a situation of love & joy. Before you engage in conversation, make that call, write that email or take that photo – one of the best ways to make your smile more genuine is to visualize someone you love or reminisce about a happy experience you had to get the good vibrations going.
Step 2: Practice smiling in front of the mirror. This might sound silly but a natural smile takes practice. Stand in front of a mirror and smile. In a genuine smile – also known as the Duchenne Smile – the muscles around your eyes are activated. (Hint: Look for crow’s feet. In this case, that’s a good thing.)
Step 3: Find things to smile about. I challenge you to smile so much throughout the day that you can feel it in your cheek muscles by bedtime.
Try it and let me know how it works for you.
If this sounds like the type of conversation you would like to join into, and you live in the greater Portland metropolitan area, come on over to a heartspark Connections. Consider yourself personally invited!