Need a facelift? What if I told you how to get one in four seconds? For free?
For centuries, science has sought ways to improve a person’s appearance. Today you can get facelifts of all kinds. From Liquid to Jawline, Mini to Microcurrent, and Thread to Thermage, not to mention creams of all kinds.
But the tried and true way to improve your overall appearance in 4 seconds flat is by putting on a smile. It’s affordable, easy and great for you… and those around you!
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD),
virtually all Americans (99.7 percent) believe a smile is an important
social asset, while 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile
makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
I personally love to smile. Not because I’m happy all the time, I’m not. But because of the positive effect smiling has on me and others.
Smiling for Success
Years ago I read a book by a man named Frank Bettger called “How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling.” It was first published in 1947 and still ranks in the top 100 Business Leadership books on Amazon. I highly recommend it.
In the book, Bettger shares lessons he learned on his way to becoming one of the highest paid salesmen in the US. The lessons are simple, practical and timeless.
One such lesson was to smile more. Bettger explains how he had a rough life growing up. As a result, he didn’t smile much. But he determined to smile more to improve his attitude, the attitude of his customers and, hopefully, his financial situation.
Each morning while bathing he practiced smiling for fifteen minutes. Not faking a smile, but smiling genuinely and enthusiastically.
Research has repeatedly confirmed that feelings follow actions, not the other way around as many would assume.
The results were overwhelming. When he smiled, others smiled back. People liked being around him more and his sales increased.
Smile for a change
For years, I’ve practiced smiling as a way of giving.
Every other Sunday, I serve as a greeter at my local church. I have an assigned set of doors that I share with my daughter. As guests come down the stairs, I love to make eye contact then give them a warm smile and good morning.
More than half of the people I smile at immediately smile back. It’s amazing. People are often rushed, dragging their kids, some had an unpleasant exchange with their spouse during the car ride. I have five seconds as they approach the door to help them “push the reset button” before they walk into the auditorium. Nothing works like a warm, sincere smile.
This weekend, after the service, I had one man come up to me and say, “Thank’s, Robert. Keep smiling.” He wasn’t telling me to smile more but rather that he enjoyed being met with a smile.
What do you have to smile about? Even if you can’t think of anything right now, smile anyway. Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it! You’ll look younger, happier and smarter.
Need a little more inspiration? Check out this YouTube video.
Image: Dani Ayu.