It almost sounds crazy to suggest that if you smile and tell yourself out loud it will make the task easier. Yet it actually is the case and there is science to support it. So, take a deep breath, smile and say out loud “I’m going to read the rest of the article”.
It must work as you’re still reading! Let’s start with the smile. We know that we smile when we are happy, and we equally know how good it feels when someone smiles at us; not a fake smile, which we are extraordinarily good at spotting, but a real smile, one that lifts our spirits and brightens our day way beyond the time that the smile itself lasts. Leo Widrich, author of “The Science of Smiling: A Guide to The World’s Most Powerful Gesture”, looks at what happens to our brains when we smile (he argues that smiling provides a reward that is greater than chocolate and money) as well as what smiling does to our wellbeing, our sense of success and our levels of happiness. He also gives a three step guide to a better smile which, if we do what he says, will allow us to smile more, with greater confidence and generate better responses from those around us.
Now that we know the importance of smiling, it’s time to think about talking out loud. In the article “Is talking to yourself a sign of mental illness? An expert delivers her verdict” Paloma Mari-Beffa looks at the science behind the idea of talking out loud to achieve better results. It seems that we respond to the auditory stimulus of hearing ourselves give instructions, which is the reason for us then completing the task more effectively. As such, rather than a sign of madness, talking out loud to yourself is more sign of an evolved mind wanting to achieve more.