A study led by Fritz Strack in 1988 serves as one example of scientific evidence towards the positive effects of smiling. In the study, research participants were given pencils to hold in their mouths, activating muscles in the face which are normally used when a person smiles. While holding the pencils, these participants were shown a series of cartoons and then asked to rate them in terms of amusement. It turns out that individuals holding the pencils in their mouth in such a way that imitated a smile found the cartoons funnier than those who were holding pencils in a way that made them frown, or weren’t holding pencils at all.
The idea behind this study is simple: the human brain will take physical signals from the body to determine the individual’s mood. Therefore, if someone physically expresses happiness despite his or her actual gloomy mood, the brain will respond positively. The opposite is the case for an individual physically expressing sadness.
Smile for Your Relationships
Moods tend to be infectious. If you’re in a good one, it’s likely you’ll spread that energy to those around you. If you’re in a bad one, then you might not need to ask why everyone else seems down in the dumps too.
So if you come home fuming or exhausted (or both) after a long day of work, try convincing your mind that you are happy by trying on a smile. Even if the positive vibes don’t kick in immediately, you will notice that at least the recipients of your smile will approach you more pleasantly.
Smile for Your Work
As a real estate investor, managing and selling property can take a toll on your mood, particularly when things aren’t going your way. Taking the time to smile, however, not only lowers your stress, but can also lead you to more success at work. This is because smiling can make you more approachable to potential clients and people likely will be more willing to work with you.
Today, make the most of your range of facial expression and take a minute to smile. You will be glad that you did.