The Science of Smiling
The “warm fuzzies” you get from smiling aren’t a coincidence, it’s actually your brain following your facial cue!
“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” ~Anonymous~
There is a LOT of power in a smile. As the world is finally starting to open up again, and masks are coming off, I have truly missed seeing people smile! As we start moving forward, I thought it was time to talk again about just how incredibly powerful smiling is.
One of the three books I wrote is called How To Design A Life Worth Smiling About, and one of the reasons I wrote the book is because I had taken a course at Berkeley University years ago, and it was through their course that I learned the incredible truth behind the superpower of smiling.
Let’s Get Scientific
We have 44 muscles in our face, which is how we can make thousands of facial expressions. But what’s really interesting is getting down to the scientific chemical level to learn this: when you smile, 12 of those muscles actually send a signal to your brain that something good is happening, therefore, the brain responds to this signal by generating the “feel good” chemicals. When you smile, it’s like a light switch flips in your brain on a chemical level.
What are these “feel good” chemicals, you as? The chemicals that are generated in the brain are actually dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins, and those four chemicals make an acronym — D.O.S.E.®.
Good For You and Others
Every time you smile, you give yourself a dose of feel-good chemicals!
BUT, the best part of these smile D.O.S.E.’s® isn’t even what it does for you, but how it affects others around you. Have you ever noticed that when you smile at someone, they usually smile back? Your smile has helped their brains start producing the happy hormones, giving them their own smile D.O.S.E.®! It’s an incredible ripple effect!
TIP: Read about this amazing brain boost: “The Health Benefits of Smiling” by SCL Health.
I am going to give you homework this week. Science homework! I want you to pay attention to your face — how you are controlling your facial expressions, whether you are smiling or frowning (hopefully not scowling). I want you to pay attention because the more you smile, the better you are going to feel, and when you feel good, you will actually produce better results in your life. Your smile is an antidepressant that doesn’t require a prescription!
TIP: Here’s today’s Rx…a smile D.O.S.E.® for you! “Motivational Quotes for Real Estate Agents”
Are you ready to start taking things to the Next Level®? If you don’t already know what you need to do to get to your next level, we can help!
Power Agents®, for more Smile D.O.S.E.® tips and tricks, check out the Smile Techniques tab in the Classroom so you are prepared for anything your reluctant seller has to say. Whether you need a boost of confidence or empowering strategies, Darryl will help you get the skills you need to be the go-to agents for the buyers and sellers in your farm area.
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