How to Make People Like You

Ten tips for forging bonds and making fabulous first impressions from Gretchen Rubin, author of the new book, "The Happiness Project" (11 Photos)

By: Marissa Capodanno with Gretchen Rubin on Feb 25, 2011 at 1:58AM

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How to Make People Like You

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but people forget to do it all the time. “Smiling really does make you seem friendlier,” says Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, which just came out in paperback. "[And] people catch emotions from each other, so if you’re smiling, you’re more likely to get a smile back, which can set the perfect stage for a first friendly conversation." Bonus: Research shows that the act of smiling can actually lift your mood. So, even if you're feeling a little down that day, it's worth trying to slip on a smile--especially if it means you'll get one back. You'll make yourself feel better as well as those around you.

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