Smile. Even if you don’t feel like it.
And now I shall explain exactly how to smile. (Just kidding.) But I do want to encourage you to practice smiling when it’s exactly what you do not want to do. That’s the tough part. Well, it is for me at least. I imagine I’m not alone in this.
There is a ton of scientific and philosophical support for smiling and all the great things that smiling does for your brain, your body, and for the rest of the world. Try a Google search for the benefits of smiling.
I’m just here to say, “Try it.” See it as an act of self-love.
Usually when I’m stressed out, (yes, it happens), and I try to smile, I feel like an absolute phony. Like I’m being an inauthentic cheese ball. A bad actor in a bad tv ad. But despite all that, I do actually feel a bit better. Even though all my thoughts and attitudes about “forcing a smile” say no, afterwards my body and mood say yes. I think at least part of what’s going on is that I am giving myself permission to make a shift. By just saying to myself, “Ok, I’ll try smiling, for just two seconds.”, I am sending myself a signal that the feeling of being stressed is something that I’m willing to let go of. I believe that it’s not good to deny a feeling, even if it’s a less than desirable emotion. Emotions don’t last; they fade. But sometimes they linger, and that’s when I am ready to intervene with a stupid grin.
Try it. What’s the worst that could happen?
Articles that I like
There’s Magic In Your Smile - How Smiling Affects Your Brain
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
What's the Difference Between Anxiety and Stress, and Are They Interchangeable?
"We're all walking around with these distorted thoughts that we take as 100 percent true. We believe that's the truth because we're not used to getting outside of ourselves."