Yes, I’ve written about this before, but it is important, so I’m broaching the subject again.
This time to stress not only is our Resting Face important professionally, but personally.
I’ve unscientifically concluded that the way our resting face appears determines our approachability. This really hit me over the head when my nephews (well, one in particular!) noticed my bad resting face. My husband and son had already talked to me about this quite a few times. Meh. Didn’t think too much more about it. It was when my nephew noticed that I really I saw the light. (He’d taken a pic of me at an event. Look, Aunt Holly!) You see, I try to have relationships with these kids and I want to be approachable to them. If my face is sour, no go.
I’ve slowly tried to be more cognizant of how my resting face appears. For example, I will check it as I walk past a mirror. (Yeah, yeah, I would check it anyway, but now I’m looking at more than my makeup and hair). It also forces me to be more in the moment, in the now.
Naturally, I realize sometimes life is stressful & difficult and we’re not always in the frame of mind to even care about our resting face. Like when I’m with ill relatives in the hospital, or listening intently to a close friend relate unhappy times, etc.
But most (if not all) of the time I try. I determined in my experiences trying to relate to others, I want to portray my real self. And my best self.
Have you seen your resting face lately?
(Side bar: Back in 2013 I saw a fun video on the Today show about the Bitchy Resting Face. Take a look-see.)