The Power of a Smile
Regardless of culture, nationality or class, a smile has a universal meaning. It really says you are accepted, you are welcome and all is well.
Hazel and I were in London recently and walked alongside a Marathon route just as it was finishing. The girl in last place was approaching the finish line with the accompanying motorbike coming behind her. We heard the cheer and shouting of encouragement even before we saw her. Then she came running past smiling broadly as she ran.
If you were to sit at the entrance of a shop, people generally don’t walk past with a big grin on their faces, but if you smile at them, they will usually smile back.
- Sales people have learned the power of a smile. Would you rather buy something from someone who smiles, or from somebody you could hang your coat on their bottom lip.
Is it fake or is it real?
Whenever we smile, there are 2 potential muscles we activate. The first one controls the corners of your mouth. Whenever this muscle only is activated, it’s not actually a genuine smile. Scientists call this the “social” smile. The second muscle is known to show sincerity and encircles our eye socket. We can usually tell the difference though.
Why don’t we make somebody’s day by giving them a genuine smile.