Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Power of a Smile
Yesterday, i really learnt the power behind smiling. When we pose for pictures, we have the person behind the camera saying "Smile please or say cheese." We have smiley mouths that tell us to buy everything from toothpaste to jewellery, and stylized "happy faces" sporting huge smiles that peer at us from posters and stickers. What the heck-smiling is even considered a milestone in a baby's growth, as parents anxiously await their baby's first smile and wonder if its mistaken for gas or is it a genuine smile?
But, for adults, especially as we grow older, smiling is something that we forget to do often and thereby making things more serious for everyone around us.
Coming back to my incident yesterday, I had to interview this candidate who was way senior to me in age and work experience. In my past experiences, i've often held a pleasant disposition towards candidates we bring in for interviews and i do my best to make sure that the other person feels comfortable and less nervous by breaking the ice. Yesterday, i wasn't sure if i needed to maintain the same attire or if i should appear more uptight, as i result i was feeling a lot more nervous than probably the candidate who came in. Anyways, as soon as i met this person, he smiled at me-not sure if it was a smile intended to make me feel inexperienced in questioning this individual or if it was a smile that was genuinely intended to make me feel more comfortable, but ignoring the various other interpretations that my mind could churn for his smile, i smiled back and it was easy afterwards.
Just thought about the difference a positive and genuine smile can do at the right moments. A smile is a happy curve that sets things right and makes your day seem brighter and lighter. Irrespective of the several interpretations at different situtations, a smile only eases the tension of the moment and breaks the ice.