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The power of a smile

March 19, 2014

smileA funny thing happened on my way home a couple days ago. I was jamming on the air guitar listening to my car radio. As I pulled up to a stop light, I glanced to my right mid-strum. A woman had noticed me jamming and responded with a smile. It made me smile in return. Then, we drove our separate ways. It was a funny moment. No doubt, she recounted the story of the budding air guitarist when she reached her destination.

Smiles replicate themselves.

What do we know about smiles? They improve spirits and bring you more friends. With a smile, you appear more likeable, fun, and enjoyable. More people want to be around you. Think about it. Everyone desires happiness and joy. So when they see it in you, it attracts them.

Smiles make you feel good.

I think about joy at times. Whenever I speak to a group, it is the characteristic I most desire to exhibit. When a new acquaintance walks away from me, I want a smile on his face. And when I interact with my friends, family, and coworkers, I wish to share some joy.

Spread some joy.

Joy is attractive. Consider a few famous men exhibiting a consistent smile. Every time I see Tom Cruise in an interview, he has a big infectious smile. I see it and feel like smiling. Jimmy Fallon is another one. In the few times I have seen him, a smile takes center stage. How about Ryan Seacrest? He smiles a lot and exudes positivity. For these men, a regular smile has become a part of their personas.

This simple addition to your life can improve your style. More than clothes, style consists of presence, attitude and appeal. It’s an overall way of life. Joy adds so much to it.

Be intentional about it.

My joy flows from my relationship with God. It gives me strength as a man, husband, father, friend and employee. The next time you find yourself walking into a tough scenario, take a moment to stop and smile. When you bust out your best suit, bust out your best smile too. Headed into a first date? Bring a smile. Interviewing for a job? Smile. Literally, train yourself to default to smiling. If you dress well, but come across as a sour fellow, then no one will notice your fashion. Throw a smile into an already great presentation and you win. Adding a smile to your routine is one of the best actions you can take to benefit your life and style.

Copyright Jeremy Gradney 2014.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2014 7:05 am

    Somebody has said … that if we meet somebody without a smile we should give them ours.

  2. March 19, 2014 7:56 am

    Awesome! Have a great smiley day :)

  3. March 19, 2014 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on Direct From The Street – Stuff We And People Share.

  4. March 19, 2014 5:39 pm

    Oh man! I’m definitely trying this out on my way to work. Great article!

  5. March 24, 2014 6:31 pm

    Awesome and don’t forget to smile today! ;)

  6. May 14, 2014 2:05 pm

    I love this post, I always try and smile at people when i’m walking around because I know how nice it is when it happens to me. Theres no better way to spread the good energy around than to pass on a smile to a stranger whose not buried in their phone whilst walking (they just be pretty cool therefore)!

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