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Staying Happy Helps You Make More Money

September 16th, 2014

There has been quite a bit of new research around what is called the “facial feedback hypothesis” – basically stating that your facial expressions are related to your emotions (depression, happiness etc…), which are related to your income potential, believe it or not.

There was a local news story I read on line about a study that involved a San Diego botox doctor who’s patients are reporting an increase in happiness because the look on their face is better than it was before getting a treatment. Now I’m of course no stranger to what a smile can do when I’m on the receiving end from someone who gives me a smile. But I had no idea what the effects might be of me giving a smile – even if nobody sees it – can have on me, myself. It turns out that smiling can actually alter you mood. Try it right now and see if you don’t experience a small amount of joy lifting your soul. I am doing it as I write this blog, can you feel it? :)

Happiness Increases Earning Potential

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Since I know you’ve been saving a ton of dough using “staycations” instead of spending a ton on leaving town on an airplane, you could add to those savings and increase your wealth by being happy. Read more about how happiness influences your earning potential here> . It’s pretty exciting to be able to simply smile, or get some wrinkles removed (maybe you could spend your saved money on that botox mentioned above) and ultimately increase your overall earning potential, which compounded over time can have a significant impact on your level of comfort. After all, money doesn’t make you happy, happiness comes from the inside. Money increases your level of comfort. So if it makes no difference as to whether you have it as to whether you’re happy or not, you might as well have it and at least be comfortable. So give a smile not just to a stranger at the store, but to yourself. You deserve it, you awesome person you.