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Why Smiling at Work Can Benefit Your Career

Have you noticed that the simple act of smiling can immediately put you in a good mood? Smiling helps our immune systems, reduces blood pressure, and alleviates stress. The positive impact smiling has on us continues to spread to our surroundings. Smile and you become more productive and feel happier in your environment. This is important in a work setting. Smiling at work can actually help you enjoy your work more and may even benefit your career in the long run.

Think about when others smile at you and how good that makes you feel. You do the same for others when you smile at them, especially when it’s genuine. Smiling is contagious – one study shows that happy employees are 12% more productive than unhappy ones. Challenge yourself to smile more and see if you reap the benefits. 

7 Ways Your Smile Can Benefit Your Career 

Of course, you don’t have to force a smile constantly. But you will start noticing how smiling brings advantages to your health and your work. Smiling…. 

1. Boosts self-esteem 

Smiling makes you feel good. Not only that, but when you smile at someone, you will likely get a smile back and that creates a butterfly effect of boosting confidence. A smile brings out positivity and optimism, which helps to build relationships and further improves your self-esteem and self-confidence. 

2. Reduces sick days 

Some research shows that smiling helps your immune system. Not only can you reduce your use of sick time, but your productivity and strength to complete tasks will improve and you will be able to better focus on your career.

3. Spreads positivity 

A smile is ‘contagious’ in a good way – other people feel happy when they are around people who are smiling and happy. Your smile encourages people to work with you and boosts morale within the team. This approachable demeanor makes you trustworthy and someone who your team can look up to during challenging times. 

4. Helps you during job interviews 

When you smile during an interview you instantly show your interviewer that you are calm and confident. Smiling (when genuine) makes people feel comfortable. In a stressful situation like an interview, a smile might just be the key to calming your nerves. It could help you collect your thoughts and communicate clearly – and ultimately help you get the job! 

5. Lowers stress 

It has shown that smiling releases dopamine and other mood-boosting hormones which instantly improves your mindset and can help reduce stress. With lower stress, you are more energized and productive to take on your tasks effectively. 

6. Builds your network 

As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, smiling draws people towards you and puts everyone at ease. With a smile, you can invite networking opportunities and connections that could enhance your career. 

Bring your smile out today! If someone shares a silly joke or you like your coworker’s new planner, spread your positivity with a smile and see how it catches on. 

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