A Beautiful Smile is Your Ticket to Career Success

August 6, 2013

You’re starting a new job, or maybe you’ve been promoted. First impressions are difficult to shake, but the good news is that it’s a level playing field. The first thing people notice before your hair, clothes and posture is your smile — for better or for worse. A great smile can draw people in, exude warmth and set you up for success. On the other hand, if you’re insecure about your smile because of crooked teeth, it can turn people off for good.

A Swedish study concluded that smiling is contagious, and of course it makes everyone feel good. It’s understandable that you’re nervous about a new job. It’s kind of like the first day of school all over again. If you’re confident in your smile, you’ll be confident and instantly more approachable. Isn’t that just what you need for your first day on the job?

 

 The Smile

According to an MSN article, people who have great smiles find it a little easier to climb up the corporate ladder. It might not be fair, but people with great smiles are automatically seen as more successful. They’re more likely to be promoted because it’s assumed that they have the skills necessary to succeed. Your levels of attractiveness, poise, grace and intelligence are judged based on your smile, and that’s good news for you.

 

It might seem a little like those popularity contests in school, but there are easy and affordable ways to win this round. Numerous options for straightening your teeth are at your fingertips, from Invisalign aligners to braces for all ages. If you have bad memories of “brace faces” in school, don’t worry. The latest systems are close to or virtually invisible (thus the Invisalign name), so you can straighten your teeth without new coworkers being the wiser.

 

Smile Your Way Up

A smile is one of the first expressions a baby learns, and it continues to be one of the most powerful even in the work place. The simple act of smiling produces endorphins in the body, instantly making you feel better — and when you feel good, that extends to all aspects of your life including your career. It reduces stress, your blood pressure levels and is considered the most powerful natural drug.

 

Kids smile over 400 times per day compared to adults who tend to back off quite a bit, especially if they’re not sure about their grin. After all, crooked teeth are nothing to smile about. People develop all kinds of tricks to hide their teeth, such as laughing with a hand over their mouth or the tight-lipped “smile” that makes someone seem closed off. These tactics might hide teeth, but they’re also holding back your career.

 

What All Successful People Have in Common

Think about your friend who’s always the life of the party, who seemingly attracts people like a magnet. There’s no doubt they have a killer smile that isn’t just beautiful, but also open and carefree. Don’t you deserve the same?

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