It sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it?
Unhappy? Smile! WTF? Are you serious?
We often think that smiling is the result of being happy. But it’s actually a two-way street.
People DO smile when they are happy.
But try this the next time you’re sad: SMILE!
Smiling can actually make you happier than you currently are. It’s true. Watch the video to see.
I tell my kids all the time when they’re in a bad mood: Smile.
They think I’m being a jerk, and sometimes I am.
But I learned this trick a LONG time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (in my teens – oh, so long ago).
I was a mostly happy kid but I did experience quite a bit of sadness at an early age.
My dad and my grandmother died within one month of each other, right around Christmas, when I was 13. Prior to that, my grandmother had suffered with kidney failure and 3x weekly jaunts to dialysis machines for 4 hours at a time.
Since I lived with my grandparents, I spent a lot of time with them at the hospital. Often, alone. It’s tough to hang out for 4 hours in a pickup truck in the hot sun while your grandfather reads every page of the daily newspaper.
So not only was I alone a lot, I wasn’t happy.
I’d get in “funks.” Still do.
And when I do, I smile.
In fact, I practice it.
I suggest you try it. Try it before you’re sad. Practice.
It really works.
The world would be a better place if we’d all smile more.
Less war. More abundance. I truly believe this.