At the risk of discussing something that may be self-evident, I want to talk about the value of a smile. I am a little embarrassed to say that I did not understand the value of a smile as much as I do now. It only took me about 45 years to truly appreciate how important a smile is to one’s happiness and the happiness of others.
Scientists have shown that the physical movement of the muscles of the face into a smile improves mood. In other words, we smile when we are happy, but the opposite is also true, smiling makes us feel happier. My dad often said to me when I was growing up, “If you don’t feel it, fake it, and eventually you will feel it.” Even if you don’t feel like smiling, smile and you may feel better.
I remember taking my kids to the pediatrician’s office and the front desk staff never appeared to recognize us and they NEVER smiled when we were checking in. We loved our pediatrician, but we did not feel welcome when we walked in the door. Now that I have my medical practice, I talk to my staff all the time about the value of a smile.
As simple as it sounds, we have found that patients are much more relaxed and far happier in the office if we greet them with a smile. It doesn’t take extra time or cost anything to smile but it pays back in dividends. So smile more…it’s worth it!
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