Are you aware that your smile among other things can predict your lifespan, how happy you’d be in a marriage and how inspiring you’d be in life? Sure, it can.
A smile is considered to have a universal appeal that is capable of breaking down socio-cultural barriers while opening up the highways of tolerance, acceptance and association. A study conducted by Hewlett-Packard found that a smile has the capacity to release the feel-good hormones in the brain the same way 2,000 bars of chocolate will do. Now, this is a huge asset that we all have, some people use it, others don’t see the need to.
“Peace begins with a smile.”
– Mother Teresa
A few years back while in the University, I recall some of my very close friends who used to poke fun at me because they thought I looked too serious, too business-like and that I rarely smile. Today, it’s a different case because I smile a lot so much that it could even pass for my middle name and I’m really happy about it. Although, it didn’t come easily, but I had to consciously work at it. I used to constantly practice smiling sessions where I would stand before the mirrors and grin from ear to ear as a way of building up my consciousness to smile. Now, it comes to me naturally to smile and that’s the result you get when you set out to become a better person.
“A smile is capable of turning an enemy into a friend.”
– Sonnie Amadi
There’s an enormous power in a smile. A smile is capable of turning an enemy into a friend, Yeah! That’s right. A smile could get you a job (try smiling in-between conversations at your next job interview). It could win you friendship, support, assistance, help, that you never thought would be possible. A smile is incredibly contagious and somewhat irresistible. When we smile, we trigger in others that same feel-good ability and by so doing, make our world a happier place to live.
According to Ron Gutman in his book Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, smiling is central to what makes us human. He referred to the 30-year UC Berkeley longitudinal study which examined the pictures of students in an old yearbook and revealed a direct relationship between their smiles and well-being. The study reported a direct connection between the quality of well-being, marriages, influence, and so on of participating students and the size of smiles in the yearbook.
The following video extensively elaborates on this findings, please watch and empower yourself with the knowledge of what your smiles are capable of doing.