The Ther­a­peu­tic Con­ta­gion

Hospitality 9ja - - Table Of Contents - -Loius Ojo­moh

As­mile is a fa­cial ex­pres­sion formed pri­mar­ily by ex­ing

the mus­cles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles in­clude a con­trac­tion of the mus­cles at the cor­ner of the eyes, an ac­tion known as a "Duchenne smile". Smiles per­formed with­out the eye con­trac­tion can be per­ceived as fake. A smile seems to have a favourable inuence upon oth­ers and makes one lik­able and more ap­proach­able. This is the rea­son be­hind each smile you get from a re­cep­tion­ist at the ho­tel, or from a ight at­ten­dant. How­ever in the so­cial con­text, smil­ing and laugh­ter have dif­fer­ent func­tions in the or­der of se­quence in so­cial sit­u­a­tions. Smil­ing is not a pre-laugh­ing de­vice. Just be­cause we smile does not mean we in­tend to laugh although a smile is a com­mon pat­tern for paving the way to laugh­ter. Smil­ing can be used as a re­sponse to laugh­ter in the previous turn. Smil­ing is a sig­nalling sys­tem that evolved from a need to com­mu­ni­cate in­for­ma­tion of many dif­fer­ent forms. It could be the air host­ess wel­com­ing you aboard, or in some other cases, it could even be an ad­ver­tise­ment of sex­ual in­ter­est.

Ben­e­fits of Smil­ing..... Emo­tional, Phys­i­o­log­i­cal, Psy­cho­log­i­cal and So­cial You have of­ten heard it said even seen it hap­pen, that when you see a per­son yawn, you start to yawn too. It ap­pears to be a hard coded reex. In the same way as a yawn is 'con­ta­gious' so too can we pass on or re­ceive the ten points of benets listed be­low as di­rect ef­fects of smil­ing or see­ing a smile.

Smil­ing Makes Us At­trac­tive

We are drawn to peo­ple who smile. There is an at­trac­tion fac­tor. We want to know a smil­ing per­son and gure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and gri­maces all push peo­ple away but a smile draws them in. When you smile you are viewed as at­trac­tive re­li­able, re­laxed and sin­cere. Smil­ing is just one way to look younger, and a fun way to live longer.

Smil­ing Re­lieves Stress

Stress can re­ally show up in our faces. Smil­ing helps to pre­vent us from look­ing tired, worn down, and over­whelmed. Be­lieve it or not, smil­ing can re­duce stress even if you don't feel like smil­ing or know you're smil­ing! When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be re­duced and you'll be bet­ter able to take ac­tion. The act of smil­ing ac­ti­vates the re­lease of neu­ropep­tides what work to ward of stress.

Smil­ing Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feel­ing down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the bet­ter. Smil­ing can trick the body into help­ing you change your

mood. There is magic in your smile. Re­lease the magic. Some­times your joy is the source of your smile, but other times your smile can be the source of your joy...ti­ich Nhat Hanh

Smil­ing Is Con­ta­gious

When some­one is smil­ing they lighten up the room, change the moods of oth­ers and make things hap­pier. A smil­ing per­son brings hap­pi­ness with them. Smile lots and you will draw peo­ple to you. Smile and the world smiles with you. In­fact, a charm­ing smile from the air host­ess or a reser­va­tion agent may just be all you needed to have a smile lled day.

Smil­ing Boosts Your Im­mune Sys­tem

Smil­ing helps the im­mune sys­tem to work bet­ter. When you smile, im­mune func­tion im­proves pos­si­bly be­cause you are more re­laxed. Pre­vent the u and colds by smil­ing.

Smil­ing Low­ers Your Blood Pres­sure

When you smile, the feel good neu­ro­trans­mit­ters dapomine, en­dor­phins and sero­tonim are all re­leased. This not only re­laxes your body but it can cause a re­duc­tion in your blood pres­sure.

Smil­ing Re­leases En­dor­phins, Nat­u­ral Pain

Killers and Sero­tonin Stud­ies have shown that smil­ing re­leases en­dor­phins, nat­u­ral pain killers, and sero­tonin as men­tioned al­ready. The en­dor­phins are a nat­u­ral pain re­liever , 100% or­ganic and with­out po­ten­tial neg­a­tive side ef­fects of syn­thetic con­coc­tions. The sero­tonin serves as a nat­u­ral anti-de­pres­sant and mood lifter, To­gether these three make us feel good. Smil­ing is a nat­u­ral drug.

Smil­ing Lifts the Face and Makes

You Look Younger The mus­cles we use to smile lift the face, mak­ing a per­son ap­pear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smil­ing your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel bet­ter.

Smil­ing Makes You Seem Suc­cess­ful

Smil­ing peo­ple ap­pear more condent, are more likely to be pro­moted, and more likely to be ap­proached. Put on a smile at meet­ings and ap­point­ments and peo­ple will re­act to you dif­fer­ently.

Smil­ing Helps You Stay Pos­i­tive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of some­thing neg­a­tive with­out los­ing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is send­ing the rest of us a mes­sage that "Life is Good!" Stay away from de­pres­sion, stress and worry by smil­ing.

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