The Impact of a Smile

We had a great time out in Dubai where I ran my Mental Resilience Masterclass for the staff of the British University in Dubai, as well as the staff of Hard Rock Café. Both sessions were very well received and the staff of both organisations were a joy to work with. Their enthusiasm and desire to learn was fabulous to experience.

Everyone from the British University in Dubai and the Hard Rock café signed up to this blog so a very special welcome to you all! Julie and I had such a great time with you – thank you so much for your input and interaction which made it very special. Please feel free to reply to this blog to say hello to me!!

We love Dubai!

We love Dubai and as well as working with the staff of these two great organisations I also had meetings with two large companies and we are in discussions about potential work.

One thing that stood out to me when I was working with the staff of the British University in Dubai and Hard Rock Cafe, is the number of people who smiled throughout the day, and this made me feel really good. Because I felt good my energy levels were high and this made the days go even better.

It made me think about the importance of a smile, and brought back the memory of something I had read about the impact of a smile:

A Smile

1. A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
2. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.
3. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
4. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, but that he can be made rich by it.
5. A Smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.
6. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.
7. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.
8. Some people are too tired to give you a smile;
9. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
It changes things

When someone smiles at you it automatically makes you feel better. If you smile at someone they will feel better having received the smile. Experts say that a large part of communication is body language, and a smile is a great example of that. Your energy levels are directly linked to your feelings, so if you feel better your energy levels will be higher.

My experience of working with Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, Dr Rachel Johnson, Sangeeta Tewar, and their staff at the University was an extremely positive one. It was a unique experience for me to work in a different culture half way across the world, and the feedback I received from the event was extremely positive. This is very encouraging as this means that the Mental Resilience Masterclass and all the techniques I teach, are effective regardless of culture or geography.

Great feedback

I have just received a tweet from the British University in Dubai @buid_team which reads: ‘Thank you John for a powerful workshop, we all at BUID learnt a lot of new tactics on building Mental Resilience and Leadership skills.’ This is great feedback and gives me a lot of encouragement.

By the way if you are on twitter and are not following me yet, please do so @jdmindcoach and I will follow you back.

Thoughts for the week:

1. See how many people you can smile at during the day.
2. Watch what happens when you smile – see how many smile back.
3. Observe how you feel when someone smiles at you.
4. There is great power in a smile so start smiling more to lift people.
5. Making someone feel better lifts their energy, and smiling does that.

Well that’s it for this weekend. Next week I will be writing about Hard Rock Café and my experience with them. As always I will be pulling out a Mental Resilience technique to focus on.

Have a really good weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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