You will feel good even if you force a smile. Smiling and laughing releases many stress relieving, anxiety relieving, happiness hormones that makes you feel good instantly!
Here is an interesting story.
Mr. Rowland is never with a smile. His romantic life, social life, business life were all failing.
He read a book by Dale Carnegie ( a great self-help author). There, he was asked to smile always. He made it an oath.
Next morning, he straight went to the mirror, “Rowland, you will have to remove that scowl forever”. He greeted his wife with a warm smile and said “Good morning”. Her reaction was bewildering. She hugged and kissed him.
He smiled at the liftman. He smiled at the reception. He smiled at his colleagues. He smiled at his boss. He smiled everywhere. Everything became light. Even the huge stress at office. He even smiled at the stress. Amidst total failure of his business, he found happiness.
Everyone around him also felt light and hearty.
So, next time you are under stress, just smile. It’s so fun to smile without any reason!
About 500 years ago, a Buddhist monk lived in a city. Every morning, he would go to the nearby bazaar. And guess what he would do? He would start laughing. Loudly. Very loudly. He would laugh so much that he would fall down. No reason. Just true laughter. Everyone around him thought he was made and they would also start laughing seeing him.
Later, in a book he wrote that he laughed to give people their happiness, which so lacked then (the king was demanding sky-high tax).
And you know what? It is proved that laughter prevents cancer!
Another story here—
Prem is a salesman. He wakes up at 6 am and goes from house to house, selling his products. He returns home at 10 o’clock.
He is always scowling and frowning at his customers. He is irritated by them.
Just get in the customer’s shoes. How would you feel about a frowning salesman knocking at the door when you are a-busy-as-Satan?
He failed to sell his products.
A friend of him advised him to smile—smile always.
You can guess the results.
Even employees at call-stations are told to smile as they talk (yes, over phone). Because smiling while talking causes a difference in voice which can feel subconsciously.
We are biologically attracted to smiles. Seeing someone smiling sends a signal—YOU SMILE TOO.
So, next time someone is offended, flash a meek smile!
Charlie Chaplin’s moustache quote “I have many problem in my life, but my lips don’t know them”.