I used to be a very grumpy person. OK, I still am sometimes, but it used to be a whole lot worse. Until I discovered the power of something so simple, it almost seemed too good to be true. I learned how to smile more.
In today’s episode I’ll share with you:
- How I learned how to smile. (Yes, for some of us this takes learning)
- The positive effects of smiling more on your mind, body, and performance.
- The secret to smiling more.
- 6 ways you can get in the habit of smiling more.
This episode is literally guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, so listen carefully and you’ll reap the benefits of smiling more.
Emotions spread like wildfire. Every emotion is contagious, whether we like to admit it or not. One negative person can ruin an entire team, but the good news is that one positive person can affect the attitude and performance of an entire team, too.
More than a decade ago, I went through some leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. One of the exercises was particularly powerful. Unfortunately it took me more than ten years to understand the lesson it taught me.
Each of the members of the training were asked to order the steps in a manufacturing process from one to twenty. None of us knew manufacturing and that was the point. Since none of us was an expert, we would all end up with different processes.
I’ll be happy when _________.
Go ahead, fill in the blank. That blank is your definition of “success.”
Don’t be happy *when.* Be happy *now.* Then…success will come. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
That is your goal. It’s what you are striving for. It’s what you think will make you happy. Or will it?
The Happiness-Success Paradox
Here is a surprising paradox for some: To achieve authentic success, you must be happy first. Happiness leads to success, which leads to more happiness, which leads to…and thus the cycle is born. Round and round you go on a positive cycle that seems to self-contain itself in an impenetrable bubble. The same principle works in effect for negativity and unhappiness. Negativity leads to failure, which leads to more negativity and unhappiness, which…and the self-containing bubble grows bigger and stronger and seemingly unbreakable.
Happy people simply get more “breaks.” Happy people find jobs easier, they find mates easier, and they find help from others easier. All because they made a choice to be happy.
Do you want to know the secret to smiling more often?
Of course you do! Smiling is the result of feeling happy, right?
Not exactly. In fact, the secret to smiling more often is this…
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When it comes to serving your customers, it’s the simple things that make a difference.
Our postal delivery person is awesome. She is our “Fred.” If you don’t know what I mean by “Fred,” check out Mark Sanborn’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary or the follow-up Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results. The inspiration for both books is a guy named Fred, a postal worker who goes above and beyond his job description and delivers fantastic service. People love him!
Our postal delivery person does a lot of stuff that sets her apart.
- She always smiles and waves if she sees us in the yard.
- She walks to our door with a spring in her step when she delivers a package.
- She puts smilies on our mail, like this:
That’s right, she puts smilies…and it makes a huge difference to us.
There is a children’s book that has condensed hundreds of years of psychological research into a book that can be read in one potty training trip. It’s called Let’s Be Happy by P.K. Hallinan and it sums up all that has been said by William James, Martin Seligman, and decades of positive psychologists and other gurus. […]