Worried about that first day on a new job?

Are we wondering whether people will like us? Are we a bit nervous and afraid everyone will notice?

As it turns out the simple act of smiling sends a message to our brain that we are happy. When we are happy our body sends out all kinds of feel good endorphins. Research also shows that smiling can make other people happy. When is the last time we saw a great big smile across our boss’ face. If we are smiling others may too. Smiling is a contagious behavior.

So we are in a new office and really do not know anyone. We are looking around to find someone to go to lunch with a we see Sally, an attractive woman with a gorgeous smile and beautiful white teeth We go up to Sally with a great big smile and ask her to lunch. She says, “Oh aren’t you the new guy? Sure I would love to get to know you.”

Dale Carnegie once said,

  • Your smile is a messenger of your good will
  • Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it
  • To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun  breaking through the clouds.
  • So go home and SMILE now and make someone happy today!

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Posted by Mary Kuniski

Mary Kuniski is a catalyst for business and individual change. Throughout her career, she has consistently led corporate businesses into the future, often achieving process improvement and change that others could not. Mary’s enthusiastic attitude and tenacious ability to keep moving forward is why she identifies with this quote from Dale Carnegie: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Passionate about problem resolution and committed to coaching and leading others, Mary is driven to ensure that everything she does provides lasting value. At a young age, her leadership and public speaking skills were recognized and nurtured through her ten-year participation in 4-H. She has also fostered change for businesses such as Parkinson Voice Project, where she directed the implementation of their website and online learning management system, and Overhead Door Corporation, where she created and launched a successful core data process improvement strategy. During her tenure with The Michaels Companies, Mary held five Director positions and three Vice President roles, and pioneered the company’s expansion into Quebec. Her efforts to lead the transformation of over 40,000 craft items to three languages resulted in Michaels becoming the first international retailer to acquire language certification from Quebec on the initial attempt. This meant Michaels successfully adherred to strict French-language laws. Mary has over 20 years in executive leadership in the retail industry and for 10 years led supply chain shipment improvement and savings and reduction efforts at Michaels. Mary is a Dale Carnegie graduate, certified trainer, and consultant for Dale Carnegie DFW's Executive Leadership training. She holds an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and a degree in Human Development, Clothing Studies from Pennsylvania State University.

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