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The 9 Superpowers of Your Smile

What a smile can accomplish

What a smile can accomplish
  • Smiling can make you look younger and thinner.
  • Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being.
  • One smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
  • Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost.
  • Smiling makes you seem courteous, likable, and competent.
  • Smiling is contagious. YOU can light up a room if you enter smiling.

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What a smile can accomplish

  • Smiling can make you look younger and thinner.
  • Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being.
  • One smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
  • Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost.
  • Smiling makes you seem courteous, likable, and competent.
  • Smiling is contagious. YOU can light up a room if you enter smiling.

The Shadow of Your Smile

  • Trying to avoid negative emotions just to appear youthful or thin or even eternally positive can eventually have a psychological cost.
  • Other people can detect a fake smile. Try to make your smile real for yourself.
  • A smirky smile when you’ve beaten others in a contest will not help you win friends and influence people.
  • Some smiles are associated with discomfort or uncertainty about what to do in a difficult situation. “grin and bear it”
  • In some parts of the world, smiling can be judged as suspicious, shallow, naive, or a sign of dishonesty.
  • Smiling can come across as submissive in certain situations. 

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Real vs. Fake smiles
Whenever we smile, there are 2 potential muscles we activate. 
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  2. The second muscle, known to show sincerity is the obicularis occuli and it encircles our eye socket.
What smiling does
  • Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies.
  • Smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more.
  • Smiling leads to decrease in the stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.
  • Smiling breeds trust, makes you happier and helps you to live longer.

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  • Smile. It is even more important than you think. It's a great way to create trust. We judge people to be more pleasant when we are smiling.
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The best body language for influence depends on your goal. Make sure your body language matches your words to make you more effective.

  • If you want to increase the attractiveness of an offer, think sales-y. Use animated movements. Lean forward. Move and speak quickly.
  • If you want to reduce resistance to what you're saying, think calm and authoritative. Specific gestures. Lean back. Move and speak slowly. 
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It is important to balance the appearance of authority and warmth.

  • You show authority and power by your upright posture, your command of physical space, purposeful stride, a firm handshake, and palm-down gestures.
  • You communicate warmth nonverbally with open body postures, palm-up hand gestures, full-frontal body orientation, positive eye contact, synchronized movements, nods, head tilts, and smiles.

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