POWERFACT: Smiling is crucial to our well-being. Each smile triggers the release of what I’ll call the four “feel-good chemicals” (I remember them with the acronym D.O.S.E.®): Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphin.
These are released from the limbic system, an ancient part of our brain that is responsible for emotion, motivation and many instinctive responses. This is important to understand because a lot of our behavior in this area is automatic, given to us by our ancestors and related to our survival as a species.
If you’re like most people, you probably believe that you have to wait until you feel something good, and then smile. After all, it’s only natural. But research shows that smiling actually makes us feel good. So, the “formula” we’ve been following is scientifically backwards! It’s important to understand why we smile, the different types of smiling, the impact that our smile has on those around us and on ourselves, and specific action steps that we can take which can make us happier in life … which, of course, leads to more smiling!
Share Your SMILES Everywhere
What’s interesting to learn is that the very act of smiling, when done purposefully and proactively, can impact our success both at home and in the office.
As we share the inside secrets in the next few weeks for having amazing face-to-face presentations, I wanted to remind you of the power of smiling. A big part of “showing up” with integrity and making those connections with people has to do with the mindset you show up with! That’s why I had my team create this terrific visual for you. I hope you like it!
Power Agents® — You’ll find lots of SMILE Stops to help you make the day of the folks in your sphere and farm in the Farming tab of your classroom. You’ll find this handy D.O.S.E. reminder in the Time and Monday Management tab.
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