Motivational Speaker Says, Don’t Just Stand There – Smile!

motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_scalzipgI looked up from the kitchen sink and glanced out the window just as my husband approached the window from outside where he was working. He looked up, saw me in the window – and smiled. It wasn't a perfunctory smile – it was an "Oh it's YOU! The woman I LOVE" smile. He looked so happy, you wouldn't have believed that he had just seen me 15 minutes earlier when he'd come into the kitchen for some water. 

Here's what happened next: I IMMEDIATELY smiled back at him. It wasn't conscious. I didn't "make" myself smile. I automatically, genuinely and immediately returned his smile.  

And then (and this is the coolest part of all,) after my automatic smile, I instantly felt happy. I wasn't feeling particularly happy before he walked up to the outside of the window. I wasn't feeling UNhappy, but I would not have described myself as happy, either. I was just sort of doing life. But, oh, when he smiled at me, and I smiled back, my emotions kicked in almost simultaneously. And I felt great. 

As a motivational speaker on how to be happy, I have trained myself to analyze experiences like this – so here's a few conclusions I've come up with for this "smile" phenomena.

  • You will make people happy if you smile at them.
  • You will make them think you like them.
  • If they think you like them, they are more inclined to like you.
  • If they like you they will want to do business with you, say yes to your ideas, and marry you and have your babies.

So don't just stand there (in the grocery line, the movie theater, the office break room) – SMILE!  You might LOVE what happens next!



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Oh Linda I can just see you and the Weathermuffin joyously sharing smiles through the window! Made me smile!! And yes, I love flashing the pearlies so I'm looking forward to sharing more smiles and this post too.

  2. I agree! A smile done with intention before feeling it, does lead to feeling it. So I often smile especially when I don't feel like smiling.

  3. How can you not smile when the Weathermuffin smiles?  His whole entire face smiles!  I don't care if you're the grouchiest person on earth, if someone smiles at you, somewhere, deep inside maybe, your heart lifts.

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