Smile.

happysmilingpeopleSocially Excellent people smile a lot.

Great recruiters smile a lot.

Smiles attract people.  Frowns do not.  Want to be more attractive?  Smile more.   Want to be more successful in social situations?  Smile.  Want to recruit more people.  Smile at more people today.

How much do you smile?  Are you smiling right now?  Try it.  Smile right now.  Hold it.  Hold it.  Hold it… Great!

Now, find a partner, tell them not to smile at you.  Stare at them and smile for 30 full seconds.  They smiled, didn’t they?

Do you know people who should smile more? Maybe they need the Happiness Hat created by a person named Lauren McCarthy (see the video below).

 

happiness hat from Lauren McCarthy on Vimeo.

Smiling is a powerful thing.  While researching smiling, I learned the following things (from here and here)…

  • There are over 18 different types of smiles that are used in a variety of social situations. For instance, people can use a smile to say a hello, and they can also use a different type of smile to show their understanding of a  particular situation.
  • Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel better, even when you fake a smile you can feel better.
  • Women smile more often (62/day) than men (8/day).
  • A person that smiles is deemed to be more pleasant, sincere, attractive and more sociable than a non-smiling person.

It may seems simple and silly.  But I’m going to smile more this week.  I hope you do too.  Try it out to see what happens.  Record how many people you can get to smile at you this week in response to your smiling at them.  Don’t be fake about it… Smile because smiling makes you happy.  Smile because you have the chance to make a new friend today.  Smile for any reason.  Just smile more.