Smile Power

smiley-face2Your body language can tell more about you than your words. One of your most powerful personal tools is your smile. Your smile must be genuine. In order for your smile to be genuine, your brain has to be engaged in a positive activity. If you have negative thoughts they will sneak their way into your facial expression. Your smile is the most positive emotional message you convey to your audience. Smiling is a learned process. You can learn to smile in an authentic way.

When we see or experience a pleasant event, a neuronal signal is sent from our brain to the cranial muscle which in turn sends the signal to the muscles in our face. Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, a positive feedback loop is initiated that goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of pleasure. Two potential muscles are activated when we smile. One is the social muscle and the other is the sincerity muscle. Our brain can easily differentiate between what’s real and what’s fake. Unfortunately, research shows us it is very difficult for us to distinguish any smile as fake or real.

Why is it important to know what does and what doesn’t trigger us to understand smiling? Here are some thoughts.

Smiling can impact our well-being, degree of success, attractiveness, and happiness. When we smile our brain keeps a record of our smiles. Based on recent studies, smiling reduces the feeling of stress on our body and helps us create increasingly positive emotions. A contagious, genuine smile draws us to people and can alter our disposition.

Here are three actions you can take to create a smile that will help you generate a more powerful life style.

  • Visualize a pleasant experience. You can do this just before engaging in a communication activity or whenever your mood moves you.
  • Look in a mirror and practice your smile. When you feel happy and relaxed your smile will be authentic.
  • Feel comfortable with your smile. The more comfortable you become the more your smile will enhance your appearance naturally.

So release the endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotins in your body and lower your blood pressure. Stay positive and smile your way to success.

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