Become a smile ambassador

Smiles are contagious. Did you ever notice that when you smile at someone in passing they smile back at you 9 times out of 10? Well I certainly have. Recently I've dubbed myself a smile ambassador. Walking around the neighborhood, through the super market, at the gym and even at stop lights in my car I make it a point to look directly at someone and give them the big cheese. 

Here's why...

1) The happy self. When you're happy you're more successful throughout your day. Reducing stress allows you to stay focused and keeps you from burning out. 

2) Helping others. You don't know the kind of day someone else is having. A tragic event could've happened and the person you're passing by may be feeling down. Make them smile. One smile is very impactful on your day. 

What I've realized is that you can easily create happiness. In fact I remember reading an article back in college called the Chameleon effect. What the article concluded is that we mimic the people around us. Which means we can make the world a happier place one smile at a time. 

Here's what I want you to do this weekend. Walk by a random stranger give them a big smile and say hi. Then smile at another. And another. Become a smile ambassador over the weekend! 

Happiness is contagious. The more you spread it the happier you will be! 

Matt Mattson 

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