The concept of this post is really quite simple.
Do it more. Keep smiling.
I cannot even begin to tell you how smiling has changed my life. You may think it sounds silly or basic — and you’re right! It is. But, smiling is a true mood-lifter. Even more, smiling AND laughing is a perfect combination that will leave you feeling better than ever.
Smile at your friends.
Smile at strangers.
Smile to yourself.
…and Laugh. A lot.
A few weeks ago, I was having a slightly gloomy day. The weather wasn’t very good and I wasn’t feeling up to the pushing and shoving that happens everywhere in China. I had to run errands, but wasn’t happy about it.
I got on the bus as usual when something happened inside of me. I realized I was being unnecessarily pessimistic, so I laughed to myself about it. After giving myself a little pep talk, I started to smile. I smiled at people on the bus. I smiled at people on the street. Everywhere I went that day, I smiled.
After awhile, not smiling felt unnatural. I felt like I needed to keep it up. And, you know what? My day was wonderful! Even though there was nothing particularly remarkable that happened, I felt good. I felt so good because I kept a smile on my face.
I encourage you to smile more. Smile at people you would normally ignore. Do it with sincerity.
You’ll be happier.
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