Just try it today....

Good morning work force nation. Congrats to you for getting up, doing your thing, and making time to improve your professional awareness by checking out LinkedIn.

I know you have things to do, so I'll be brief. I just wanted to say that I decided to test a particular maxim yesterday and found that it worked wonderfully well.

The adage? "Smile and the world smiles back at you (or with you for those checking me)."

Now I am not a particularly gruff individual; many would call me jovial. However, I get 'caught up' in my own head when I am out in the world and I am not very aware of my visage....until yesterday.

Yesterday I purposed to smile at others. Not a creepy, lecherous smile (ha), but a sincere and engaging smile. And what did I find? You guessed it. People smiled back!

Most of the time, there was about a two to three second delay before they realized that my smile was directed at them. But, when it hit them, I noticed their face turn from austere (probably in their own head too) to radiant. Which made me happier. I felt like in my own little way, I was affecting change in my small corner of the universe.

We begin to see the first fleeting smiles in babies as young as three weeks old. And body language experts tell us that smiling is one of the oldest forms of communication. As our ancestors approached a stranger they would smile to say, “I am harmless. Don’t pick up your spear and kill me.” It showed a desire to cooperate.

Studies have proven that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood stream. The more endorphins your body releases, the better equipped you are to fight off illness. And serotonin is a natural anti-depressant. Simply put, it just feels good.

So, equipped with this knowledge, why don't you try it out today? Have fun with it and conduct your own mini, social experiment. Please come back and post your findings if you are so inclined. I know I would be interested and I'm sure that many others out there on LinkedIn might be interested too.

Have a great day!