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When I was in high school, and for a semester in college, I worked at McDonalds. I worked behind the counter mostly, and on the menu board above my head was a sign that read, “Smiles are free.”

My co-workers and I used to joke about it, but the management was very serious about being sure we smiled at our customers. If we didn’t, we risked being moved to the fry station, and NO ONE wants to work that station. So we smiled.

And, in return, most of our customers would smile back at us. In fact, research told our managers, a simple warm smile from the front counter girl could change the customer’s perception of the entire dining experience, and they were twice as likely to return if they felt they’d received good service. In some cases, it turned out, customers who received great service rated the food higher too.

So, in layman’s terms, a smile was powerful–it could be the difference between a lifelong customer and a one-timer.

And, I’ll tell you another little secret. This powerful tool is not only available to the folks at McDonald’s.

I could go into all of the science behind this, but that’s not the point of today’s blog. The point is that when you just smile, you can create a significant upswing in your day and even in your life. Your mood will be more positive, and you’ll suddenly notice people around you being kinder to you, and most likely friendlier than usual.

Consider this. If you’re walking down the aisle at the grocery store and someone looks you in the eyes and smiles, saying hi, what would you do? Of course, you’d respond in kind.

Try This

Now, close your eyes and smile to yourself for ten seconds. Do it now, no matter how silly it feels. Don’t worry…I’ll wait.


Did you do it? How do you feel? I’ll bet that something in you feels just a little better, even if you do feel silly.

Bliss Mission: Smile More

So I have an experiment for you to try. For the next 24 hours, practice smiling more. Smile at your kids, your spouse, the mail man. Smile at your coworkers, your boss, your trash guy…just everyone you meet today. Even smile while you’re on the phone.

I suggest that you’ll find that people in general are nicer to you, just for starters. The added bonus? You’ll notice that your own mood is bumped up a few notches too.

And, of course, you’ll be making the world a much more beautiful place. So, smile today! It’s free, it feels great, and it can effect serious results in your life.

Try this little experiment, and let me know how it works for you. What do you say? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.

Feel good! You deserve it!


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7 Responses to Bliss Mission: Smile, Evolve, Grow

  1. I love reading your posts 🙂
    and I must say that I was already smiling after reading your intro bit about working at McDonald’s and being threatened to work in the fry section! 😀

  2. uh i can’t practice smiling to all the people here in saudi, or else my head might be taken out from me or i’ll be prone to commit the most forbidden sin in the kingdom “thou shall not covet thy madam’s husband.

  3. It works and I am a natural smiler, my smile is one of my best features.

  4. just reading that made me use to work for carls jr so i know what you mean.

  5. I’ve always been a smiler even when the receiving end is grumpy. It’s true though, if you smile, it does put you in a better mood. I suppose that’s why I’m optimistic. :-0

    I remember working MCDs the summer before my Sr. year…eee!! LOL Drive through ROCKED back then…THAT’s the spot you wanted to be and yes the fry station sucked…I do have a story of when I slipped on grease as I was grabbing a hashbrown, fell on my back and dislocated my shoulder but held the hashbrown unharmed in the air…I was laughing so hard (NOT because I thought it funny but bc I was in SOOO much pain!) that my manager got mad thinking I was playing around since it was during breakfast rush!

  6. Love this post!! Love all your posts, actually!!

    We’re Smiling Ear to Ear!! We’ve always known the power of the SMILE!! It’s contagious! Even when you think you’re having a crappy day and a stranger smiles at you, we instantly respond with a smile back. It’s a natural and incredible response.
    So, SMILE more everyone!! Your grin is making this world a Happier place, one person at a time.

    Many Blessings….Roxanne and Hugo

  7. This is so true, yet so hard to do sometimes! It’s definitely one of those things I need to remind myself to do at times 🙂

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