So on this day for fun and fireworks, one thing that may help to keep in mind is that a smile is very disarming. Now I am not here to say that it takes less muscles to smile than frown or some such nonsense. I am hear to say that a smile can go a long way in a tense situation. As we all know as referees we find ourselves in tense situations.
Now this is not to say that smiling is appropriate all the time, because it is not. But it is another fiber in the tapestry that a referee must spin to have a successful match. You are there as an ambassador of the game, and those who you deal with are human and have emotions too. Sharing yours will help the overall cause. Besides, people who have fun tend to smile ... and you are having fun refereeing right? An assessor is asking themselves those questions as they watch you ... or at least this one is.
Try it ... Next time a player is starting to get on your case, talk to them and smile. You may be surprised of the result.
Now for those who want to go into some of the other more psychological and physiological reasons for smiling, here is a handful of them for your enjoyment:
1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
3. Smiling Is Contagious
4. Smiling Relieves Stress
5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
A full reading is here, courtesy of about.com. =)