One of my favourite Chinese proverbs is ‘A man without a smiling face must not open a shop’. Amen to that. Surely that is the prerequisite to any business when you have humans serving humans? Yet we see so many people opening ‘their shops’ with little or no smiles on their faces.

This makes me sad, and I’m sure you think it’s pretty sad too. After all, you wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t have a huge heart. So, for all you open hearted humans, may I remind you of the power of a smile?

You have the power to bring more joy into your own life, and into the lives of others, by simply smiling more.

Smiles can use anywhere from five to 53 muscles in your face. Smiling can actually boost your immune system and your physical health as well, allowing you to live up to seven years longer!

Here are some tactics to help you smile more:

  • Happiness is more contagious than sadness, so surround yourself with happy, smiling people.
  • Imitate happy, positive people; do what they do.

And here are some tactics to help others smile more:

  • Give them one of your smiles—they’re free.
  • Show some interest by asking them a question that leads to a conversation (hopefully one that gets them smiling).

Please wake up and pay more attention to the influential ability you have on another person’s emotional state and vice versa. You could literally make someone’s day with your smile.

Jaquie Scammell

‘Love Being in Service’