Can you make someone happy?
Science says yes. Last week, Nick and I had the privilege of attending an inspiring event with a keynote speaker who discussed this very thing. According to Shawn Achor, "when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive. This discovery has been repeatedly supported by research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the world."
And it's been proven that smiling at anyone within your 10-foot radius can elevate positive feelings.
Sharing a SMILE can make someone HAPPY. You can literally impact someone's happiness (not just temporary mood) by smiling. What a powerful gift!!
Three Ways To Make Someone Smile This Week
- Smile first
The easiest and possibly the most effective way to get someone to smile is to smile at them first. People don’t seem to do this anymore. I remember when I was a kid walking through the park with my family and everyone would smile at each other and say hello. Now people sort of just power walk through the park and avert their eyes when they get near you. Perhaps it is because we have so much more fear now. I don’t know. But what I do know is that if you smile at someone first they will almost always smile back and walk away feeling happier.
- Offer a random complimentThis seems like a pretty obvious thing to do but it actually takes a lot more guts than people think. Compliments are a sure-fire way to make someone smile but quite often they are hard to deliver. It takes bravery.
- Shake hands, hug or physically interact. The final thing I am going to offer is one of the most powerful. It is physical interaction. This is a truly wonderful way to cheer someone up and brighten their day.
Love fast today. Do good and smile more.