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(Excerpt from Year to Success, by Bo Bennett)

Smiling has enormous benefits for both the giver and receiver of the smile. Here are just some of those benefits:

A smile makes others feel good. When you smile at someone, it has an immediate uplifting effect on that person. People like to be with people who make them feel good. The smile is most often returned ... which makes the giver feel good as well.

A smile leads to happiness just as happiness leads to a smile. All of our lives we associate smiling with good feelings of happiness and laughter. This association works to our advantage when we want a quick way to become happy. Put on a big fake smile then look in the mirror. Within seconds, the fake smile will turn genuine.

A smile is an invitation. A smile, along with good eye contact, is a universal invitation. It tells the person receiving the smile that the giver is friendly and approachable. This is seen frequently in both personal and professional situations.

A smile is comforting. A gentle smile can ease just about any tense situation. It is especially comforting when given by one in a position of power to another, like in a doctor/patient, teacher/student, boss/employee, or parent/child situation.

A smile leaves favorable impressions. First impressions are said to be made within three seconds. These first impressions are mostly based on feelings and emotions. A smile, or lack thereof, is one of most influential characteristics on anotherís emotions. Smile, and leave others with a favorable impression of you.

A smile makes you look happy, confident, and self-assured. It is the confident sales person who makes the sales. It is the confident student that gets the good grades. It is the confident single that gets the dates. Confidence is a large part of success and smiling is a way of showing your confidence to others without saying a word.

Ö Use smiles to bring yourself and those around you more joy, happiness, and success.

"It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside." (unknown)

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