The Astonishing Gift of Smiling

Key Point: In this season of gift giving I want to remind you to give yourself and others a huge gift that scientifically is proven to generate emotional and even material wealth, yet is absolutely free: A SMILE.

Ron Gutman has written a book Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act. Please allow yourself 10 minutes to watch the following entertaining video by Gutman on this topic in TED talk. Share it with people you care about. Put in their digital Christmas stocking.

The facts are overwhelming. People, who genuinely smile a lot, live longer, are perceived to be smarter, have less stress, and just do better in life. If you want to review the wealth of studies and research that support this premise, read Gutman’s book. If you want a practical test, just walk around the building you’re in now and observe smiling. Think about the good feeling that is generated when someone just smiles at you. One fact that reinforced this for me is that little kids smile about 400 times a day; we adults a heck of a lot less (see our grandson, right, with his first ice cream cone).

Character Move:

  1. Consciously think about smiling a heck of a lot more. It is free AND has a huge ROI! (Go check the facts if you think this suggestion is just mushy do da.)
  2. Walk in your work area and smile at everyone on the way in the morning. Do the same thing when you leave for the day.
  3. Do not take things so darn seriously. Even the most serious business/work issue is a candidate for a smile. It isn’t usually a life or death matter. So be a strong, tough minded, disciplined leader and just friggin’ smile.

Smile Power in the Triangle,



  1. Lorne says:

    Thank you Anna. ….you commenting on my blogs makes me smile

  2. Anna says:

    I love to smile to somebody who is elderly and alone, or someone who is a janitor or whatever. It shows kindness and generosity; and that they are not invisible to the everyday eye. And whenever I see a cute bag or outfit I always compliment the wearer, even if they are in the fifties or above. People seem so surprised to have somebody not only compliment their sense of style, but have a teenager do it. It always brings a smile to my face as well as there’s. So, truly, smiling is a great gift- and it’s versatile. Smiling is the perfect present for all ages, sizes, and for all genders 🙂

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