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January 19, 2017

Smile - Everyone Is Watching

There is a famous quote by Gordon West that says “Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.”.  My interpretation of this quote is that people want to be around those who are happy and positive. When you are negative and see the glass half empty with small bumps becoming major problems, people tend to let you deal with that on your own.

We all work very hard, being serious and focused on the task at hand. All while seeing the big picture and striving toward a long term goal. You might serve in your church and want to be a great representation of what God has done for you. You might have family whom you want to please and have them be proud of your family leadership and accomplishments. Seriousness surrounds us.

Do you enjoy a good comedy show, movie, sitcom or book? I sure do. Matter of fact, I love making other people smile and even laugh. I believe this is one of the many characteristics where God has blessed me. Sometimes my jokes are dry and my humor is corny. Even still, folks seem to crack a smile at my failed attempt of being funny. Sometimes, I hit a home run and my victim of the moment laughs out loud (lol for the young people) or might even shed a tear of laughter. Win!

Is being funny a trait that will make you successful? No. But it makes our daily routine a lot more pleasurable. Will people follow you because your humorous? No. But, they will enjoy working with you and for you, because you’re not the average, boring, order giving leader, whom they might just view as the “B” word. You guessed it, their “boss”.

I am not suggesting that you start studying cheesy joke books or try to be next Will Ferrell. You can overdo it. Simply smile sometimes. Enjoy laughter when you get a chance. Share laughter as often as you can. For those of you who know me personally, you will attest that I too enjoy a good laugh.

Smiling and laughing reduces stress. Since body language and mood are so linked, it makes sense that laughing on purpose helps us too. Smiling relaxes the facial muscles and calms the nervous system. Laughing even sends more oxygen to the brain.

Institutions such as Wharton, MIT and London Business School have conducted studies linking laughter to productivity, creativity, boosting engagement and spurs collaboration. Have fun, but make sure the goals are met. Laugh a little and the people around you will appreciate you for it.

Anthropologist Edward Hall said “If you can learn the humor of a people and control it, you know that you are also in control of nearly everything else.”

I must confess that I am not an expert at humor and wit. However, I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

David Hosch
Director of Marketing
One Life America