In looking through past blogs, I found a connection with “Smile! It’s Good for you”, an article from “Stakeholders: Uncensored- Blog Ideas Worth Spreading.” The student author of this blog describes a Ted Talk “The hidden power of smiling” that relates this motto to everyday life as well as to the business world. This student explains through her research that smiling has both health benefits through it’s mood enhancing hormones and reduction in blood pressure, as well as social benefits through the positive connotations that people associate with happy individuals.
It was interesting to learn about the research that has been done with regard to smiling and the workplace. As one can imagine, smiling has outward benefits in that it portrays a positive image of a company through happy employees such that any guests, potential new employees, and business partners etc. who visit the company will be attracted. There are also internal benefits from a better work environment that is created when employees have a positive demeanor. I consider a positive work environment a very important factor to successful work, given the increase in productivity, collaboration, and overall determination to accomplish the task at hand. Even under the stress, exhaustion and frustration that work can bring, it pays to put on a smile.
Despite my assertion that in the work place, people should always put on the happy façade, it would be narrow-minded of me to assume any given person at any given time should be able to easily abide by this motto. I understand that there are numerous extenuating circumstances, both societal and personal, that challenge this “smile mentality.” It is, therefore, of the most utmost importance in my mind to be fully aware of one’s own life circumstances to have the proper perspective compared to other’s lives. It takes some effort to maintain a positive disposition, but the benefits are twofold. It can help put things in perspective in one’s own life, as well as have benefits for those who need a smile most.
Though some may argue that this simple motto of “smiling often” is cavalier, I would direct such opinions to the fact that a smile goes a long way. One’s confidence improves, endorphins increase, and a sense of hope can be brought to those who need the inspiration most.