A simple way to make a good impression.
The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back. Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ” I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.” You must have a good time meeting people if you expect them to have a good time meeting you. You don’t feel like smiling? Then what? Two things. First, force yourself to smile. If you are alone, force yourself to whistle or hum a tune or sing. Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.
“Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”
Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions. It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Your smile is a messenger of your good will. Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds.
*Compilation taken from “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie
Only problem is that when I smile people know I am up to no good.
Jeremy, I really enjoy the information sharing that this portion of the website offers. There is a saying that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. I have been heavly involved with a personal project the past four months which will end come this weekend. It has required traveling to Cincinnati OH each weekend. When I read this article the people and politicians we have met to bring this project to fruition has required making friends by being a very good listener and of course smiling as much as possible. Please be encouraged to continue to share this type information with the church family. It is the unexpected that gives us so much joy. George Strayer