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Positivity is productivity

By Ralph Varcoe

June 16, 2020

productivity hacks

6.4   Smile For The Camera

Productivity hack no.56 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


Do you find it easier to achieve things when you feel happy or sad, excited or angry? Unless you’re a writer, musician or actor who needs to channel the sadness or anger into a poignant verse or performance it’s usually best to be in a good, happy, positive frame of mind.

If you’re not really feeling it today, is there a way to change your frame of mind and get in a happier place? If you could you’d not only do better work towards your goals but you’ll also simply feel a bit better about life and yourself.

The key is to wear a genuine and infectious smile every day.

A study conducted in 2011 by the University of Aberdeen found that people rated those who made eye contact and smiled as more attractive than those who did not. We all like a good smile because they make us feel good. Another study found that seeing someone smile activates the part of the brain that processes sensory reward. Science tells us that receiving smiles makes the world more attractive and makes us feel really good.

Imagine if you smile at the world. How good are you going to make others feel? Complete strangers, friends, colleagues, family. That in itself is a good enough reason to do it. Doing good things for others is very rewarding (see section 6.5). And, if you make others feel good they are more likely to want to do something for you when it’s time for you to delegate a task that they could do and isn’t so important to you.

But how does smiling make the smiler feel?

Smiling activates areas of your brain, releasing neuropeptides which enable neurons to communicate. Neuro-transmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released, giving a happy boost. Stress can feel like it’s washing away and the body relaxes as the heart rate lowers. These natural chemicals can do for you what a prescription from the doctor could do, only without the possible side effects.

A smile is free, has no bad side effects, will make you look more attractive, and it will make you feel better.

When you wake in the morning imagine you’re that favourite film star, musicians, or television presenter who has a killer smile which melts your heart. Then, smile for the camera and take on the world.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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