How do you keep going, day after day? How do you pump yourself up when you don’t even want to get out of bed some mornings? It’s hard. It’s really, really hard, but on those days when you just don’t think you can face another challenge, try this:
Choose to smile!
I’m not kidding; this really works. And on those days when you just can’t muster up a smile of your own, here’s a couple of helpful hints:
Mimic some sounds that force a smile, like making the long “e” sound. It causes you to stretch the corners of your mouth and it comes close to the real thing. This concept was actually proven by Robert Zajonc who did a study on how smiling can affect your mood.
Another trick is to look at pictures that amuse you, touch your heart, and make you smile no matter how crummy you feel. What would it be for you? Pictures of babies? Pictures of puppies? Pictures of shoes? It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it warms your heart. This video just may help get you started: https://binged.it/2r9sjxR.
Choosing to smile – it sounds so simple and even a little bit hokey, but the key word here is CHOOSE. There is only one person who can truly make a difference in your life and you already know the answer to that one – YOU. So make a choice – will you choose to be miserable today or will you choose to take one step towards happiness. It’s all up to you.