Nothing makes a person more charming than a genuine smile. People who smile a lot and have a good sense of humour are more likely to win business contracts, make more sales and be successful in a job interview than those who are moody. A smile is a sign of self-confidence. We all like people who are sure of themselves. Therefore, we easily accept them as friends and prefer to do business with them.
Furthermore, there are many health benefits which are associated with smiling and humour. Happy people have longer lives. Humour and happiness contribute to the strength of the immune system. Several fatal illnesses, such as heart attack, stroke and cancer, strike at a time when we are feeling down and our immune system is at its weakest point.
Examine your own personality. Do you have a good sense of humour? You may think you are humorous but that may not be the case. Even the most serious looking people think of themselves as being humorous and out-going. Ask a family member or a close friend to tell you whether you smile often and if they consider you a fun lover. But don’t be angry at them if the answer is not favourable.
What if they think you do not smile as often as you should? There are some easy ways to change your attitude provided you are serious about not being too serious in life. Start with:
Whenever you find a chance to look in the mirror, and I guaranty there will be plenty of such opportunities every day, give yourself a big smile. Keep the smile as long as you are looking in the mirror.
Write down all the jokes you hear from friends and associates which make you laugh. Read them as often as you can and laugh as deep as you can.
Remember some of the funniest things about yourself. Laugh at them and tell funny anecdotes about yourself to others. This will remove the protective wall of seriousness from your self-image. Once you learn how to laugh at yourself, life will become much sweeter.
Watch sitcoms instead of violent action movies on television. Take part in the laughing parts.
Laugh as often as you can. If it is not in your nature to laugh, then create artificial laughter until you get used to it. Life is not as serious as you think. It is full of absurdities and once you become aware of them there will be hardly a moment in your life that you would not laugh at almost any situation.
Increase your association with positive people and reduce contacts with those who do not see anything worth living for in this world. Human behaviour is contagious. If we are surrounded by individuals who have a positive outlook on life, before we know it, we may develop similar behavioural patterns.
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