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8 Reasons a Leader Should Smile More

8 Reasons a Leader Should Smile More

Being a good leader has a lot of components, but even something as simple as smiling can be incredibly important. Whether you’re the boss and used to being the leader, or you’re temporarily in charge of a project, or anywhere in between, smiling can get you far. Check out our top 8 reasons why leaders should smile more.

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    1. Smiling helps people relax.

    It’s a fact that people who smile more help those around them feel more relaxed. It indicates that you are pleased with those around you and the work that they are doing. Passing on good feelings via smiling can help others feel less pressured and relieve some of their stress, which ultimately helps productivity. Relaxed people are also more open to new ideas, and are more trusting of those that have made them feel relaxed.

    2. Smiling draws people to you.

    Smiling indicates to others that you are approachable and nice. Leaders cannot be effective if people don’t like them, so next time you need to get up in front of a group of people, start out by smiling. It will make people more likely to listen to you and be more open to what you have to say. It can help you get what you want without saying a word.

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    3. Smiling people are happy people.

    Leaders don’t always have to smile just for other people–they can also smile because it helps them feel better. Smiling and laughing can help you feel happier and more positive. We can often trick ourselves into feeling an emotion simply by mimicking the actions associated with it. And everyone knows, a happy leader is a good leader.

    4. Smiling indicates confidence.

    When leaders smile, it indicates that they are capable. Smiling carries a message of confidence with it. If you’re not totally confident about something but need to do it anyway, just “fake it ’til you make it.” Force a confident smile, and the confidence will soon become a reality.

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    5. Smiling can act as a reward.

    Smiling lets others know that you’re pleased with them. Good leaders let people know that they’re doing a good job in various ways, but an easy way to do it is to smile. A smile indicates that you care and have noticed the outcome of someone’s hard work, and it is an easy and simple thing to do. Everyone benefits.

    6. Smiling creates good work culture.

    Having a positive culture in the workplace is always good. Not only does it make for more efficient and more in sync workers, but it also makes people happier with their work situation and their leadership. Just the simple act of smiling can leave people feeling happier and more positive throughout the day.

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    7. Smiling can help seal the deal.

    Leaders have a lot of roles, and one of those is attracting business, whether it be for a company, a campaign, or a project. As a leader, you want people to want to help you, and they’re more likely to feel that way if they feel happy. Flash a quick and genuine smile, and people are much more likely to give you what you’re asking for. At the end of the day, a smile can mean the difference between a deal or no deal.

    8. Smiling can have a domino effect.

    When people are smiled at, it generally elevates their mood and makes them want to pass on the positive vibes. Smiling at people can encourage the spreading of that behavior around the office. This tends to make people trust and like each other more, and workers that are in tune with one another is the key to being the leader of a well-oiled operation.

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    Last Updated on October 24, 2018

    8 Things to Remember When You Don’t Know What to Do with Your Life

    8 Things to Remember When You Don’t Know What to Do with Your Life

    Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end, or a crossroads, or on a path that seems to go nowhere and say “I don’t know what to do with my life…”

    No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how to proceed, then you need to reevaluate.

    When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had to pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How do you know what’s going to make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 and you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?”

    You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going to make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if you’re current position — or school track — isn’t it, then you need to move on.

    When my oldest children were contemplating their college careers and job prospects, I often told them to just go and take classes or try things they thought might be interesting and if they didn’t like the class or workshop or whatever, then cross that off your list. Life is often about trying things and realizing what you don’t want to be when you “grow up.”

    I spent a year substitute teaching in an effort to see if I wanted to become a public school teacher. I enjoyed that year immensely, but after talking with teachers and doing some of their job for a year, I realized that was a career that was not for me.

    1. It’s okay you can’t figure out the whole future

    Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists and turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun.

    Maybe you enjoy making jewelry right now. Maybe you can sell it. In five years, you might be a successful jewelry designer or you might have moved on to another craft. It doesn’t matter. You have the experience of your jewelry design to fall back on and help you with other projects in the future.

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    2. Try to be comfortable with discomfort

    Sometimes life is uncomfortable. Sometimes we don’t have enough money to do all of the things we want to do. If you have something you really want to pursue, then you must be able to live with some amount of discomfort in order to do that.

    For example, I want to mush sled dogs and run the Iditarod. In order to do that, I had to give up my neat, tidy suburban home and move my family to a cabin in Alaska.

    We don’t have running water or regular electricity and our cabin is much smaller than our old house, but we don’t mind the discomfort of those things because we live in a beautiful place and I get to pursue my dream.

    3. Life is uncertain, go with it

    Stuff happens. I thought I had it all. I had a great job and a great house in the woods. Then I got fired, lost my house and turned 40 all in the same week. Then I found out I was pregnant. Quite the week.

    I laid on the couch for a couple of days, depressed, but then we got it together, made a plan and moved to Alaska.

    Take uncertainty and turn it on its head. Every bad thing is an opportunity to make something good happen.

    Besides, it’s really never too late to change your life course when something goes wrong! Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

    How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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    4. Overcome distractions and stop procrastinating

    You’re not getting younger. Sorry, but it’s true. If you don’t start taking the time to pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the end of your life with nothing to show for it but a lot of Facebook posts and a bunch of TV shows you just had to watch.

    If you are serious about pursuing a dream — whether it’s designing jewelry, professional skateboarding or being a rich and famous computer guru, you better get on it.

    Take those first steps. Turn off your Facebook notifications and get working. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

    Better yet, learn these steps to stop procrastinating and start to focus on what truly matters:

    What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

    5. Ask yourself questions

    Take some time for yourself. Ask yourself big questions. And small ones.

    Learn about yourself. Meditate. Write down the things that interest you and things you could see yourself doing if time and money were no object. Dream big. Quiet your mind and really imagine yourself doing those things.

    By asking yourself meaningful questions, you’re building yourself an invincible Motivation Engine like this and whenever challenges arise, you know how to deal with them.

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    6. Volunteer or shadow someone

    If there is a job or hobby you are interested in — from grooming dogs to being a zookeeper — volunteer or job shadow and see if it’s an occupation you really want to do.

    All the dreaming in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t go and get your hands dirty. Sometimes, we think we want to do something and then once we try it, we realize it might not be the kind of work we like after all.

    Or it might be more involved than we realized. It’s important to get hands-on experience and do a lot of reading by those with first-hand experience before we give up our current life to pursue a dream.

    7. Save up

    If you need to move or go to school to pursue your new dream, it might be pertinent to get a job doing something — anything — and save up the money to allow you to do it.

    I worked for many years to build my writing and editing portfolio and I now I can write and edit articles from my wee little cabin, get paid, and use the money to pay for the equipment and food I need to run my dogsled team.

    Would I love to be able to make money just from running dogs? Sure. But it’s not possible right now while I’m building and training my team.

    I don’t have a reputation in dog mushing yet, but I do have a reputation in writing. So I do one job I love to pay for the other.

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    8. Answer the door

    Opportunity may be knocking but if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented to you.

    Sometimes it’s not the right time, but it doesn’t matter. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity might walk on by and knock on someone else’s door.

    Final thoughts

    The most important thing to remember when trying to figure out what do with your life is that no action is an action in and of itself. You must make decisions and try things — even if you end up hating them or wanting to do something else.

    Remember, it’s never too late to start again. (Jack’s story is an inspiring one about rebooting life at a later stage of life!)

    At the end of your life, you won’t regret trying things and failing, but you will regret not ever trying at all.

    Close that laptop and go get your life.

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