Grab a pen. Place it between your lips, and don’t let it touch your teeth. Hold for 5 seconds.
Now, place the pen between your teeth, and don’t let it touch your lips. Hold for 5 seconds.
Notice the difference? Did you happen to feel a shift in mood the second time around? Maybe a bit happier?
Interestingly, it’s been shown in scientific studies that smiling CAN ACTUALLY IMPROVE YOUR MOOD. So, not only do we smile WHEN we’re happy, but smiling can actually MAKE us feel happier!
Fascinating right?! OK, let’s take it a step further…
A study showed that a big teethy smile (show off those eye crinkles!) was shown to help RELIEVE STRESS FASTER vs. not smiling. Even. If. You’re. Just. Faking. The. Smile.
WHAT?! Crazy, right?!
Bottom line: “Fake it til you make it” actually works for smiling! We smile when we’re happy, and smiling can actually make us FEEL happier. The more we smile, the happier we feel, and the better we can cope with stress.
So it stands to reason that providing others with real reasons to smile can also help THEM feel happier and cope with stress better. And wouldn’t you want to do that as much as you possible could?
Seriously. Give it a try. Grab a pen. Try it out. Could you tell a difference?
Source: How We Grin to Bear It: The Science of Smiling
BONUS: Here are three of our most popular entertainment options to help you bring on the smiles
Each of these offerings are designed to LOWER stress and ENGAGE audiences – all while utilizing the power of joy and laughter. Get those smiles ready!
1. Murder Mystery Games
Our Murder Mystery Games are hilarious and highly interactive group fun. Perfect for team building, ice breakers and client appreciation events. Note: Works best for 25 or less participants.
2. Comedy Shows
Our Comedy Shows are a fun way to boost morale and laugh together! Perfect for all-hands meetings, virtual happy hours and a thoughtful mid-day boost of comic relief. Note: Our content is 100% corporate-friendly. Give us some details about your company, and our performers will even create custom material just for YOUR audience!
3. Magic + Mind Control
Our Award-Winning Magic + Mind Control show with Chris Dugdale will AMAZE. Perfect for incentive events, company awards and celebrations, and client appreciation events. Note: Highly interactive, this show is suitable for any size group and is also family-friendly!
We hope you enjoy this article and entertainment ideas.
For more information about the different kinds of ways we can enhance your next virtual meeting or event, click here.
If you’re looking for fun and creative ways to help relieve stress and increase engagement for your team or a fun way to stay top-of-mind with your VIP clientele in a thoughtful, meaningful and memorable way, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Us.
Thanks for reading, and keep smiling!