The Hard Work of a Smile

Science says that it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown, which brings to mind that it’s really the least but also hardest thing we can do, and the smallest way to bring big results.

Our smiles say a lot about us. Some people barely show one at all, yet others must use it to get through their long days. 

We display it both when we want and need to, during meetings and greetings, and presentations. 

Why smiles appear friendlier is hard to tell, but most of the time, we know showing them is a good, if not great, idea! 

Therefore, smiling must become our work, our play, and our livelihood all-in-one. 

A smile can convey the senses of thriving, triumph, and sophistication, even when sometimes we don’t feel like smiling on the inside.

It’s as if we now grin and bear it more than ever before, along with being THAT much closer to biting our lip. 

It’s necessary to take care of both in order to convey the ‘right’ words, tone and so on. 

Aside from the obligation, we smile or laugh in and outside of work when it’s all we have left to keep us going. 

We sometimes do it almost until it aches, and it’s something that can look so perfectly put together while a person is falling apart and feeling relief once we can forgo this responsibility in even the shortest moments of solitude. 

After existing for millennia, the smile can be our biggest weapon and weakness.

It can hide and expose the truth in the best and worst of times, and it will always be used for the sad, scary purpose of lying.

With all of this to bite down on, our personal and professional lives depend on it, being it’s the root of employment and company success – It’s one of the best social skills there is, before even talking!

When it doesn’t show, its absence can be felt quickly and coldly before a joke, compliment or observation shuts that down. 

A smile can be a savior, whether yours or somebody else’s. 

The equivalent of a no-touch handshake, this exchange makes things all the more personal, even if you are just meeting once.

A momentary upward reveal of your teeth shows years of practice, experience(s), and overall sense of being, with a genuinely kind word or action doing it justice, since the corners of it can be sharp as a knife depending on the result(s) wanted.

So the next time you give and/or receive a smile, really take in the moment in how it establishes a potential albeit strong connection both you and your associates need!

Written by Blog Contributor: Amber Chisholm