So what is Smile-Therapy?
Smile-Therapy is a service, that delivers a quality message of excellence ( exhibit 1 ), 1st thing, every AM, to start your day & mind-in a good, positive direction.
Call it your 'CPR'(constant positive reinforcement). 1 minute, 1 time a day, 1st thing.
- Life Lessons
- Inspiration/ Motivational Stories
- Humor and Fun
- Creativity & Ideas
- Thoughtfulness and Gratitude
- Common Sense Advice
- Money Savers ($$$)
- Encouragement & Positivity
- Feel Good Human Stories
- Potpourri of other messages to make you Feel Good
Who is Smile Therapy For?
For people who want to think and feel better— about who they are, what they do, and how they live.
Why Smile-Therapy Exists?
Quite frankly we were sick and tired of the daily 'doom and gloom.' We face a world of problems, bad news, stress, challenges, and a general bombardment of negative stimuli.
Positive thinking trumps negative thinking EVERY TIME so we decided to deliver some GOOD NEWS, on a systematic, daily basis.
What can you Expect? (radio station 'WIIFM,' what's in it for me)
Smile-Therapy is designed to Positively Impact( exhibit 2 ) people's lives.
37 Different Ways Smile-Therapy MOVES and IMPACTS People:
- We ENCOURAGE.
- We share 'More Good Things Humans are Doing.'
- We move you to Tears( a good emotional cry).
- We share Wisdom with you.
- We catch you off guard& make you Scratch your Head.
- We get your Belly to Shake and Giggle.
- We Stretch your Mind.
- We Save you $$.
- We share Consumer Sites of Use to you.
- We help you Reminisce and Recall your past.
- We APPRECIATE.
- We Test Morals and Ethics.
- We keep you Positive.
- We make you Think.
- We Inspire and Challenge you.
- We Test your Talents.
- We cause you to think 'What If?'
- We STOKE your Philanthropic side.
- We share GRATITUDE.
- We send you Good News and Positive Vibes.
- We keep you SMILING. (Dr Seuss-like )
- We create Topics of Conversation.
- We Discuss Life Lessons.
- We Remind. ( ex: not to judge a book by its cover)
- We help you Move, Groove, and Dance.
- We Keep you Informed new trends, websites, etc
- We Help your Business.
- We Inspire CONFIDENCE.
- We Challenge the Status Quo.
- We Open and Stretch your IMAGINATION(Willy Wonka Style).
- We share Fun Sites with you.
- We Re-live Memories.
- We Share Success Stories.
- We Ask your Opinion.
- We show– you are IMPORTANT.
- We Fire you Up.
- We SOLVE PROBLEMS.
Collectively and Most Important… We help you EXCEL Toward Your Personal Best!
Read our Promise to you ( exhibit 3 ).
Smile Therapy Promise:
Those who commit to reading S-T faithfully for 1-2-3-6 months, will with absolute certainty: Think better Thoughts, have a more Optimistic outlook, a clearer improved Mindset, and a refreshing, more positive Attitude. An improved 'TOMA' helps people toward become the best they can be.
Read Smile Therapy= Think and Feel Better.
- Short Term—Start your day and mind, on a good note and in a positive direction. Today, tomorrow, and every day.
- Long Term— Smile more. Think and feel better about yourself, and about life. When you think and feel better– you start excelling toward your personal best ( exhibit 4 ).
WE recently conducted a 1 question survey
Q: Has Smile Therapy made you a better person, or Positively Impacted your life–in any meaningful way? Check all that apply, and return at your earliest convenience.
- __ Encouraged you. 85% of respondents stated yes on this
- __ Better thoughts… even if for a day or an hour. 85%
- __ Improved mindset. 76%
- __ Made you more well-rounded. 54%
- __ Helped solve a problem/challenge. 52%
- __ Helped your business or sales in some way. 48%
- __ Become more well read by introducing a book to you. 46%
- __ Inspired you. 89%
- __ Gave you more confidence to try something. 44%
- __ Suggested courage to step out of your comfort zone. 54%
- __ Make you look at a situation different(perspective). 78%
- __ Changed your attitude, for the better (even if temporarily). 85%
- __ Helped you become a better consumer Saved money invested wiser.59%
- __ Helped with a more positive outlook. 83%
- __ Brightened your day or your world. 98%, yes 98%
Who does Smile Therapy target?
Why Smile-Therapy for individuals?
Who doesn't like some good news?
Who doesn't want to smile more and feel better?
In Jan 2000 the Dallas Morning News carried a fascinating article about the effects of positive thinking and optimism. Dozens of recent studies showed the following:
Optimists do better than Pessimists in
- Suffer less depression.
- Achieve more goals.
- Respond better to stress.
- Wage more effective battles against disease, and
- Even live longer.
It's safe to assume most humans want to live as long as they can. It's also a good bet that we all like to perform better at whatever we are doing. Given that OPTIMISM vs PESSIMISM is a choice and POSITIVE THINKING vs NEGATIVE THINKING is a decision we make THIS IS, ultimately, in our control.
We submit to you that: We become what we THINK, what we READ, who we ASSOCIATE with , what we LISTEN to, what we WATCH, and what we EAT.
Zig Ziglar adds "Positive thinking won't let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."
Why not seek out more encouragement, optimism, and positive thinking material?
Why Smile-Therapy for Businesses
- High Worker Disengagement –According to Gallup, 70% of the employees at the average company– are UNENGAGED or ACTIVELY DIS-ENGAGED.
- High Costs of Disengagement –The costs associated with disengaged employees are staggering (payroll waste, turnover, absenteeism, cust service and productivity)
- Overworked, Underappreciated –Multiple white paper studies show the average worker feels overworked, high stress levels, and extremely under appreciated
- To quote Lorrie Zelman, chairperson of 'Top 50 Companies To Work For In NY'
"These companies employ strategies to recognize, appreciate and value their employees because , after all, they are the ones who do the work."
- Dare to take the bold telling quiz "What is your employees Smile Quotient?"
- To quote Lorrie Zelman, chairperson of 'Top 50 Companies To Work For In NY'
Here's some exciting news Research shows* happier workers:
- Have fewer sick days.
- Stay with their employee longer.
- Perform better.
- Earn more money.
- Are more liked by colleagues
- Have more new ideas than their less happy colleagues.
- Are more punctual.
- Help out their co-worker more.
- More likely to go the extra mile.
- Are physically and mentally healthier.
(*Taken from action for happiness.org and various white papers on job performance/job satisfaction links)
6 Immediate benefits of Smile-Therapy
- Positive kick-start to employees day.
- More smiles, positive energy & enthusiasm.
- Extra appreciation and recognition tool
- Additional avenue to connect with peers & management. Systematic, every day.
- Morale booster.
- Additional form of stress relief on a daily basis.
When people think and feel better about who that are, what they do, and how they live they also perform better.
Why Smile-Therapy for Schools and Colleges
If you were to ask any successful person WHY they are successful
Undoubtedly mentioned in their top five traits for success- will be either optimism, positive thinking, a good mental attitude- or some combo thereof.
For High Schools:
More focus on encouragement and good news VS. stress, problems, bullying issues, and other negative stimuli.
For Colleges and Universities:
- Smile Therapy would like to help make the college environment more pleasant, positive, and less stressful (especially for 1st year students). Read your ‘Smile 101′ before going to Econ 101 today, tomorrow, and every day.
- Short Term Goal: Share a positive, encouraging message every am– to start the students day/mind in a good direction.
- Long Term Goal: Help the student develop as a more confident, well rounded, optimistic, mature graduate– with a strong positive mental attitude. Highly tuned and ready for the work world.
Smile Therapy helps you think and feel better– about who you are, what you do, and how you live.
Most Colleges have some focus of importance on these 4 objectives:
- Enhance graduation and job placement rates
- Happy graduates, leading to referrals and potential alumni support
Smile Therapy can enhance each of these objectives.
As leaders, parents, educators, and mentors, what more can all of us do to teach/share the importance of optimism, positivity, encouragement and good mental attitudes – in our youth and future leaders?
What's the next step?
- Read some S-T sample messages ( exhibit 8 )
- The Boy and the Waitress
- Mary who is she and what lesson does she have for us?
- The story of the first man EVER to run the mile in 4 minutes(incredible)
- Is Wally the GREATEST cab driver ever?
- 22 Second Discussion: on WORRY
- More extremely cool things Humans are doing(The great BIKE GIVEAWAY)
- View a few testimonials ( exhibit 9 )
- Take action:
The Boy and the Waitress
Decades ago, when things cost far less than they do today, a 10-year-old boy entered a crowded coffee shop and sat at a vacant table. A waitress brought him a glass of water. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” the boy asked.
“Fifty cents,” the waitress told him. The boy pulled out the coins in his pocket and counted them. “Well, how much is plain ice cream?” he asked. Other people were waiting, and the waitress was impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she replied brusquely.
“I'll have plain ice cream,” the boy told her. The waitress brought the ice cream, plopped the check on the table, and said: “Pay up front, son.” The boy ate the ice cream, paid and left. When the waitress returned to clear the table, tears came to her eyes. Beside the empty ice cream dish were two nickels and five pennies. The boy had had enough money for the sundae. But he couldn’t order it, because he had to leave the waitress a tip.
Today at Smile Therapy: Mary
So– who is Mary and what lesson does she hold for us?
This past week Monday, 7:05 Am, I arrive early in the office prepping for a trade show. As I'm deep in work, along comes another office mate– Mary at 7:20 AM.
I call out 'Hi Mary.' A thunderously energetic 'Good morning Tim' comes back from Mary. I fire back, 'Geez you are fired up for an early Monday.' She enthusiastically says 'Yes. I'm ready for today. In fact I'm ready for a great week.' One would think she just crashed through the gates of Walt Disney on a vacation.
So who is this Mary and why is she as pumped up as a new puppy first thing out of its cage?Did she hit the lotto over the weekend? Nope
Is she partnered up with Bill Gates and the famed Microsoft? Not that we are aware of.
Was she just asked to go on the Oprah show? We don't believe so.
Mary is just a hard working , claw scratching, happy and positive human that— on the outside– is no different than you or I.
On the inside however, she CHOOSES to take every day, and make every day special.
It doesn't matter if it's early Monday or happy hour Friday. It's LIFE, and Mary is CHOOSING to "Take a Bite out of Life" every single day!
Sounds like one heck of a recipe for success and fun.
So what I learn from Mary everyday( and I'm blessed to be in the same building ), is the following:
Make it happen. Be positive. Hit the ground running. Don't take 'father time' for granted, and finally– give it all you got.
Put in your mind that it's going to be a good day, and good things are likely to happen.
Which leads us to one question— Are you ready for today?
(and we are too!)
Today at Smile Therapy: Bringing Back a Smile Therapy Hall of Fame classic
Occasionally we have such a oldie but goodie Hall of Fame message in the archives, that we want to share it with the newer Smile-Therapists.
Such is the case with Roger Bannister.
For those of you not familiar with Mr Bannister, he was the first human ever to beat the 4 minute mile barrier, running.
His story to glory is amazing, but even more incredible– is what happened AFTER he broke the barrier.
For thousands of years people held the belief that it was impossible for a human to run a mile in under four minutes. Back in Egyptian times, it was said they released lions to chase after slaves to break the four minute belief. This too proved to be futile. The best ever time recorded was 4 minutes and six seconds and there was no way humanly it could be broken. The scientists, the medical field and other great scholars were all in agreement. They even stated if a man should try, it's very probable his heart would pound so fast, he'd expire.
This negative belief continued for a long time, until a man named Roger Bannister came along, with his own beliefs. Roger Bannister not only believed in himself, he believe that all the "experts" were wrong and he could break the 4 minute barrier. He went through a rigorous training program and in 1954 he went out and ran the mile in less than 4 minutes. The barrier was finally broken, after all these years. Amazingly, within 1 year of Bannister breaking the barrier, 37 other runners also broke the 4 minute barrier.
How did Bannister do it? He got into the best physical and mental shape possible. He also visualized it happening, and he had 100% belief in himself, not the 'experts.'
Here is my question which is ASTOUNDINGLY BAFFLING:::
How does this record/barrier stand for hundreds if not thousands of years, and finally after one man breaks through it how do 37 others do it, all the sudden, WITHIN THE NEXT 365 DAYS ?
What does that tell us about the human mind?
Which opens up more questions for each of us What is it that you'd like to accomplish?
Prepare yourself physically and mentally and GO DO IT!!
Today at Smile Therapy: Is WALLY the GREATEST Cab Driver Ever?
The famed Harvey Mackay (Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive) tells a wonderful story about a cab driver, bent on making a difference with his customer service. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey.
He handed my friend a laminated card and said: "Hello. I'm Wally, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk, I'd like you to read my mission statement." Taken aback, Harvey read the card.
It said: Wally's Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment. This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!
As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, "Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf." My friend said jokingly, "No, I'd prefer a soft drink." Wally smiled and said, "No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice." Amazed, Harvey said, "I'll take a Diet Coke." Handing him his drink, Wally said, "If you'd like something to read, I have And as if that weren't enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he'd be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, he would be quiet and leave him with his own thoughts. "Tell me, Wally," my amazed friend asked the driver, "have you always served customers like this?"
Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. "No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard this personal growth guru, Dr. Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written a book called You'll See It When You Believe It. Dr. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, "Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd."
"Well, that hit me right between the eyes," said Wally. "Dr. Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more." "I take it that has paid off for you," Harvey said. "It sure has," Wally replied. "My first year as an Eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don't sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can't pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action."
Wally was phenomenal! He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I have probably told that story to more than 50 cab drivers over the years, and only 2 took the idea and ran with it; whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn't do any of what I was suggesting. Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice: He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.
Each day you have a choice: Get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day or get up expecting a wonderful day. The old saying, "Smile and the whole world smiles with you" can be true if you decide each morning to make the best of the day ahead. And remember – Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar! Thank you to Harvey for sharing, and THANK YOU to WALLY for being such an inspiration to others. Way to use that NOGGIN!
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Today at Smile Therapy: 22 Second Discussion on WORRY
"Clearly understand, there isn't any situation that isn't made worse by worry.
Worry never solves anything.
Worry never prevents anything.
Worry never heals anything.
Worry serves only one purpose it makes matters worse."
Wonder what percentage of the average person's day, is filled with worry about whatever?
The dog, making a deal, if the car will run out of gas, the babysitter being on time, etc etc.
Statistics show MOST of the 'whatever' people worry about never comes to fruition.
Perhaps this is a good flyer for the refrigerator, or on the back of a business card in your wallet?
Today at Smile-Therapy: More Extremely Cool Things People are Doing!
The other day my wife tells me that at our local Fairgrounds, they are collecting used Bikes and will re-distribute them to the needy, for Christmas
'Neat-o enough' to catch my attention. So I go to check it out.
Dig up a few personal used bikes, and pick up a couple of kids 4 wheelers for $3.99 from the Salvation Army. Off we go.
Like everything else in life, there's much more behind the story.
As it turns out the people behind the scenes represent the Ken Rubin Memorial.
The late Mr Rubin used to drive around this big shiny grey truck called the Neighborhood Bicycle Repair Unit.
And get this. He'd spend his time and efforts fixing kids bikes, for FREE.
After Mr Rubin's passing,enter Jan Maloff, local cool human!
Maloff decides to start collecting used and bikes in need of repair fixing, refurb-ing and rehabbing them.
And he gets them ready to redistribute to needs kids and adults around town. Kind of like a local Toys for Toys, bicycle style.
What started as 50-100 bikes given away 3 years ago has blossomed. This year people, were asked to bring their 2 wheelers to the state fairgrounds.. target goal= 3500.
As of 13 days prior to Christmas, they had over TWO THOUSAND bikes! YIKES!
Can you visualize what it looks like to see over 2000 bikes all inside this one wide open building?
Some fully ready to go, some being worked on as we speak.. ready for takeoff to some about to be surprised young kids—his her own WHEELS!
Funny how when we each do our little part, how something can grow from 100 to 3500 in just a few years.
Felt pretty good dropping off the bikes.
One can only imagine how Mr Jan Madoff feels. Great work sir!
Footnote: As a heads up, anyone locally in CNY— they are taking the bike donations right up until Christmas time.
For you Smile-Therapy’ers living outside CNY, perhaps someone in your community might want to replicate this cool idea next year? The Christmas holiday season..ahhhh… what a wonderful time.
"In regards to Smile Therapy, I love my daily dose, and particularly enjoy the Monday AM Giggler. It is one of the few email newsletters I read every day. It has become part of my daily ritual.get in early, grab a cup of coffee and take my dose of Smile-Therapy." -Jason A. Gustetic, Spectrum Marketing Services Group, LLC-
"I've known Tim for many years now. Mainly through a variety of chamber associations in CNY. Tim is very passionate about what he does and how he does it. There's not a moment that you don't see him at a business function where he's not smiling. Smiling is his message and he wants it to be part of your professional/personal life. He's very positive, motivating & puts care into his work. He wants to better the work place with positive energy. If you associate with Tim or work with Tim you'll life will improve for the positive!” -Sharon W, Clipper Magazine-
"I want to tell you that I've really enjoyed being a member of S-T, and also have enjoyed the community aspects that you are starting to develop with S-T as well. I have found myself laughing out loud (always good during the work day), moved to tears and inspired by others' stories. Thanks again for being Captain for the S-T cruise!!" -Susan French-Director of Admissions, Montessori School of Syracuse-
"Near to far, far to near people work with frowns, for this we fear. Smiles we say, that’s what they need but how, but who, will plant the seed? Us we say, no, us we shout Smile-Therapy will do the trick, let there be no doubt. For smiles is what they need, then smiles they will get look out world, you ain't seen nothin’ yet!" -Dean Brainard, Nexus, LLC-
"HA! I was thinking of you and Smile Therapy this morning. Its more than just a smile. It’s like the John Tesh of our inbox. Intelligence for your life is his tag line, but it is more than just bringing a grin to your face. It's about improving your life, making the most of everything, being happier, wiser, more patient and more open to the possibilities of life!!Keep it going!" Bob and Amy Lapp-
"Tim is one of the most "out of the box" thinkers I have ever met. He has the foresight to bring his clients news and information that make us think – for the better. How to better ourselves as professionals and as human beings. I can't recommend Tim Smith and Smile-Therapy strongly enough. We live in a world filled with bad news. Wouldn't it nice to receive some good news for a change? With Smile- Therapy, you will!" Janice Roth, CPA, St Pete-
Smile-Therapy for Biz:
"As the owner of a corporate wellness company, I see firsthand how just a small touch can help to lift someone's spirit is - and motivate them to take one positive change that will help their health (or their spirit). Tim, and Smile Therapy are able to do that EVEVRY DAY for the lives they touch - by providing quick food for thought which can serve to inspire, motivate and educate - in only a few short minutes each day. His motivational words, both through the Smile Therapy medium AND from him personally have a been a source of renewed inspiration for me during more difficult times. I am so thankful I met Tim, and am so excited to have a tremendous resource like Smile Therapy to refer to for my own employees, and my clients. Thanks for keeping me smiling." -Kelli LaPage, owner Well Trail Inc.-
"I want to thank you as well, for sending a great e-mail each day. Keep 'em coming, to brighten our staff's day." -Kevin Johnson, owner RK Johnson & Assoc Ins Ag Inc-
Smile-Therapy for Students:
"Smile-Therapy has been a great addition to my morning emails. One of the first things I do, even before getting out of bed in the am, is read my St message to begin my day. The gigglers are my favorite, however I love the shots of wisdom as well. They definitely get my brain moving and thinking every day. My work environment is not always the most uplifting place, but I've started to keep a mental log of the positive messages and how I can use them to encourage my clients, and better my work. S-T has become a nice treat to look forward to in the morning –amidst all the work, school and junk mail. Glad I became a member and will continue to do so. Thanks S-T!" -Alex Peck, Siena College, SU Grad School and 1st year work
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