Not surprisingly, more severe or negative facial expressions like frowns, scowls, and grimaces actually work in the opposite manner, effectively pushing people away. Instead, use the attraction power of your smile to draw people in.
Isabella marked it as to-read May 15, That was a moment of feeling accepted, spreading my happiness, and receiving it back. Smile because it happened. Are you ready to smile, even at a time like this? Wandering to unpleasant or even neutral topics is associated with sharply lower happiness; straying to positive topics has no effect either way. Of course, six months later, Ray Kroc had exactly the same idea.
Stress can permeate our entire being, and can really show up in our faces. You and those around you will reap the benefits. Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain.
A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Think of smiling like a natural anti-depressant.
How many smiles have been described as having the power to lighten up the room? While it is certainly a beautiful sentiment, it carries a hint of truth. The part of your brain that is responsible for your controlling the facial expression of smiling is an unconscious automatic response area. Meaning that smiling can be completely unconscious, particularly when it comes to our habit of mimicking another person's smile. Yes, it is scientifically proven that smiles are "contagious! Smiling can also boost your overall health. The act of smiling actually helps the human immune system to function more effectively.
It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters. In addition to taking precautions like washing your hands, why not try to prevent the cold and flu by smiling?
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Smiling is truly contagious , as the mirror neurons deep inside our brains respond to a smile with a smile of our own. You can even count on more than half of your smiles being returned.
There's a reason why we like to smile--it releases feel-good neurotransmitters like endorphins, dopamine, and mood-enhancing serotonin that do a body a whole lot of good. Smiling is a powerful life lift when practiced daily and frequently. Here are 13 reasons to share the gift of a smile right now. Studies have proved that a genuine smile increases the trust that the recipient of that smile feels. In fact, the bigger your smile not a crazy smile, but a big approachable smile , the more others will trust you.
Building trust is an absolute must for business and individual success, and when you give your customers a warm smile, they are much more likely to trust you. Smiling not only can relax your body, it also has the power to slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and decrease your chances of heart disease. Most of us are hesitant to approach someone who is frowning, but we are naturally drawn to those who smile-- we want to know them and why they radiate happiness.
Smiling can diminish negativity--revitalizing and boosting your productivity.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter. You may or may not help the homeless, but you will almost surely help yourself. And nurture your social connections. I know these sound like homilies from your grandmother. Well, your grandmother was smart. The rich? The poor? The young? The old? The tools we used were pretty blunt instruments. But now millions of people are carrying little computers in their pockets—smartphones—and this allows us to collect data in real time from huge numbers of people about what they are doing and feeling from moment to moment.
One of my collaborators, Matt Killingsworth, has built an experience-sampling application called Track Your Happiness. He follows more than 15, people by iPhone, querying them several times a day about their activities and emotional states. Are they at home? On a bus? Watching television?
How are they feeling? What are they thinking about? Instead of asking who is happy, he can ask when they are happy. He gets it by tracking people over days, months, and years and measuring what they are doing and how happy they are while they are doing it. I think this kind of technology is about to revolutionize our understanding of daily emotions and human well-being.
As a result, we know that married or wealthy people are, on average, happier than unmarried or less-well-off people. But what is it about being married or having money that makes people happy? Focusing on average emotional states also smooths out short-term fluctuations in happiness and consequently diminishes our ability to understand the causes of those fluctuations. We can now begin to answer questions like these, thanks to the smartphone.
For an ongoing research project called Track Your Happiness, I have recruited more than 15, people in 83 countries to report their emotional states in real time, using devices they carry with them every day. Since I have collected more than half a million data points—making this, to my knowledge, the first-ever large-scale study of happiness in daily life.
Mind-wandering on the job reduces both happiness and productivity.
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Managers may want to look for ways to help employees stay focused. Wandering to unpleasant or even neutral topics is associated with sharply lower happiness; straying to positive topics has no effect either way. But no matter what people are doing, they are much less happy when their minds are wandering than when their minds are focused.
All of this strongly suggests that to optimize our emotional well-being, we should pay at least as much attention to where our minds are as to what our bodies are doing. A related stream of research examines the relationship between mind-wandering and productivity. Many managers, particularly those whose employees do creative knowledge work, may sense that a certain amount of daydreaming is a good thing, providing a mental break and perhaps leading people to reflect on related work matters.
Unfortunately, the data so far suggest that, in addition to reducing happiness, mind-wandering on the job reduces productivity. The data are also beginning to paint a picture of variations in happiness within an individual and from one individual to the next. The most striking finding here is that happiness differs more from moment to moment than it does from person to person.