Before Breakfast - Smile with your words

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to smile with your words. If you're wearing a face mask nobody to see your friendly smile behind it. So whether you're with friends or family or colleagues or strangers if you want them to know you're smiling you got to say something to make that clear.

Face masks have become standard attire in many parts of the US in the world right now important for keeping us safe. But a little challenging for communicating nonverbal cues convey a lot of meaning and some of that meaning is quite literally hin by are facemasks. Some research has found that emails are often perceived more negatively than the writer intended because there's no smile or happy voice cues to soften the words something similar happens with talking behind a mask and a for outdoors and wearing sunglasses are smiling eyes are heading to

All the more reason to focus on what we say.

So when you are wearing a mask make a point of communicating positive emotions verbally, make sure the people you interact with understand what you mean. And since you probably want most of your interactions to be upbeat use words to convey positive attitudes and emotions doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to feel falsely funny either. I figured out a few years ago that I should write my emails and then go back in and put positive phrases at the beginning and the end to make sure that anything that wasn't supposed to be critical wasn't perceived as being so, you know these type of phrases. I hope you're having a wonderful day. I'm so happy to be working with you. I really appreciate your taking the time to deal with us.

Similarly when you're in conversation with someone put words around your response to indicate your positive emotions. Got it. This is great. Thanks. Sounds like a solid plan. I appreciate your hard work on this when you would usually smile to indicate that your understanding and supporting what your conversation partner is saying translate that smile into words that mean the same thing.

Smiling with words is also essential for greeting people when were masked pre covid. It was totally warm and friendly to smile and Nod as a greeting these days is smile and a nod behind a mask and sunglasses looks exactly the same as a snapped and that's no good. So go for a verbal smile instead. I can be as simple as saying good morning to the dog walker you encounter everyday in the elevator and your building at the grocery store to say nice to see you to the person you see behind the butcher's counter every week at your office or other places with people, you know a simple Hey, Joe will do.

But get in the habit of saying something longtime listeners may remember that back in February. I encourage you to greet people with a smile something Audrey monkey advice is in her book happy campers. Summer camps are some of the happiest and most relentlessly positive places around and monkey drawers on lessons from camp for making our other environments and interactions happy or two smiles are one way to do that February feels like a really long time ago, but I'd venture to say that the sense of happiness and connection that a smile offers valuable now as ever.

Summon a smile on your face can be seen smile with your words instead the people around you will feel a bit more cheerful and hopefully you will too.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

Everybody I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's be the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

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