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Humans smile when they are happy, but if they force
themselves to smile they automatically start feeling more joyful
Smiling has been the subject of extensive academic research, and the
results prove grinners are winners. Here are six reasons why flashing
your pearly whites will improve your career and life.
Who are you more likely to think is on top of things – the person who
is cheerful or someone looking stressed? Research shows that 72 per
cent of people believe those who frequently smile are confident and successful.
Smilers get promoted.
Probably due to point one, studies have found that bosses are 12 per
cent more likely to promote an employee who smiles a lot.
Those working in service industries are essentially paid to smile at
people. But some are more successful than others at maintaining a
friendly expression and reap the rewards – studies have shown smiling
waitresses get more tips.
A smile sends a powerful signal to others that you're trustworthy and
cooperative. One study found a smile increased people's willingness to
trust a stranger by about 10 per cent.
Even if it's an obviously fake one, people who smile are shown more
leniency when they make a mistake at work than those who don't.
Likewise, if you flash an embarrassed smile after making a humiliating
faux pas, those who've witnessed it are more likely to feel empathetic
and less likely to judge you harshly.
When we feel under stress our attention tends to narrow to tunnel vision.
[quote]Studies have shown that if you make yourself smile in such
situations, you will start thinking more holistically.[/quote]
Of course the most compelling reason for smiling is simply that it
makes us feel good, triggering physiological changes that lower our
heart rate and calm our breathing. One of the most useful discoveries
scientists have made is that the relationship between smiling and
happiness is a two-way street. That is, humans smile when they are
happy, but if they force themselves to smile they automatically start
feeling more joyful, even if they previously weren't. So if you want
to be happy and successful, keep smiling!