The Science Behind the Smile – Harvard Business Review

The Science Behind the Smile – Harvard Business Review

The simplest of actions. The greatest of impacts. What more could you ask? Right behind my dislike for the word Pollyanna when someone is attempting to rebuff the impact of Positive Psychology, is the apparent need mock the impact smiling can have on mood elevation.

Again, I will be as loving as I can when I write this — mock on, and accept you are wrong! Whether it is the book The How of Happiness, or Gary Russo following his dream of singing by starting with creating smiles, smiling works.

Dr. Success Challenge: Rate your mood on a scale of 1-10 (1 low – 10 high) right now. Now read the HBR article The Science Behind the Smile. When you are done reading the article, again rate your mood on a scale of 1-10. Share your results with me by writing to me at

Thank you, Andrea Goeglein

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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