|The world needs a magical device, and we are introducing SMILE|
Ron Gutman started his book with an introductory on how smile become a universal language when you travel abroad. In can be used to start conversation with anyone, anywhere! So, smile is a (1) powerful ice breaking tool.
(2) Smile is more than video games, TV. It activates emotional processing mechanism the same way TV and video games does, but with a simple smile!
When a woman makes an eye contact with a man, chances are man already 20% attracted to the woman. But, with a beaming smile, chances increase to 60%. I can't deny this because it happens to me once significantly and maybe even more that I didn't notice.
Smile is money! In business perspective, smile improved how attractive our ideas look to others when we present them. Besides that, drawing smileys on checks proved to get more tips from customers in restaurant. One smile can generate the pleasure similar to eating 2,000 bars of chocolate. If you turn that into money, just by smiling more, (3) you can be Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. "Your smile for your brother is charity" (Fiqh us-Sunnah, Vol 3, Number 98) is quoted in Ron Gutman's book.
In a hadith, Jarir ibn Abdullah said, "The Prophet did not screen himself from me (had never prevented me from entering upon him) since I embraced Islam, and whenever he saw me, he would receive me with a smile. " (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 112).
The simplest equation is (4) (smile + frown = smile). It's really difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles. You smile -> You look and feel good -> Others see you smile -> They mimic and smile -> They look and feel good -> You smile (Repeat!)
So, how hard is it to start a conversation? How satisfied are you with hours of games? How much do you spend for snacks or bars that can make you pleasure? How often you smile while talking with friends, business partners and foes? If you want to live better in this revolutionary world, SMILE!
TED Talk | The Hidden Power of Smile by Ron Gutman
Book | Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act by Ron Gutman