What is in a smile? A smile is a life giving gift. It’s not just about you, but about the type of energy you show. It is better to be the first to smile, than to be the one who does not return a smile. You will get more out of giving the smile than perhaps the person that is receiving the smile. Some people are so concerned with their own person that it is difficult to act outside of their circumstances. While there are some people who are mindful of other people and know the value of a smile. In the most difficult situations you should smile! It brightens up the room and makes people feel comfortable around you. People are more willing to share their thoughts, ideas, and even current issues about the business with you when you’re smiling.
As a leader, team member, follower, or just a good sport it is always more valuable to smile. When people see your smile, it is like sunshine. I noticed with my grandson, that he loves it when he gets a smile. It seems to signal to him that everything is alright.
Smiling is natural to children and as they grow, so does laughing. I recently read that the head coach for Alabama, Nick Sabine very rarely smiles. He takes his job seriously and perhaps too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, it takes a great leader to lead a college football team to as many championships as Nick. However, life should be enjoyed and it is better when you can enjoy life with others. Live, Laugh, Smile.
Some days I feel that I am on top of my game, while other days my game seems to be on top of me (smile) and it seems that nothing is working or going right. The best constant when things are up and when things are down is a good smile. Smiling will take wrinkles out of your face and prolong your youthful looks. I have a friend who believes in smiling so much that when he greets you over the phone or in his answering machine, you can hear the smile in his voice.
The smile is not about you, it is about making the person that you have come in contact with feel that you are glad to see them and happy in their presence. Even a person that is at a low point in their day will brighten up when a person they interact with smiles.
The author of the Book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnage, devotes a whole section on the value of a smile. He states with much conviction that promotions, performance increases, and opportunities comes to those executives who smile. Doors open and people are happy to be around a person that smiles. A smile takes the tension off the surrounding area and it allows people to be free to express themselves. I noticed that as I travel around the world, it doesn’t matter what country, people respond to smiles the same way; they smile back and they are happy to spend time in conversation with you. It really doesn’t matter the gender, the age, the nationality, everyone loves a smile and a hearty bit of laughter.
We all face challenges in our projects and in our professional careers. It is not the problem that will hurt us, but how we react to the problem or difficult situation. No one likes a “Grinch” and no one likes to work with a “Grinch”, so try smiling and see if it will brighten up the lives of the people you encounter and bring more success to your life. A smile is an asset that is free and when used often I believe that it can open doors to creating high performing teams. If you’re having a bad day, smile and the whole world might smile back at you!