Says Graveline, “Smiling causes your body to calm down. A smile is the quickest way to deal with stress. Just the act of pulling your facial muscles into a smile signals your brain to stop releasing stress-causing hormones and to send out the ones that fight stress. So before you start a presentation, speech, or tough discussion, or when you walk into a tense roomful of colleagues, smile. From an image standpoint, smiling fools your enemies—what is she really thinking? they’ll wonder—and makes you seem warmer and more approachable. (We already know you’re competent.) Smiling also counteracts and balances out the natural tendency of your mouth to flatline or turn down at the edges, a normal trait that makes most people look sad, annoyed or tired, so think of it as a mini-facelift.”
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