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How to get your smile back

Do you just wake up and feel very moody? You wondering what happened in your sleep, did you have nightmares (of course if you had one you would remember)

You try to smile and be happy but you just feel sad for no reason, whew.

You want to smile to your neighbor but what’s good about the morning anyway? Sometimes smiling is the last thing you want to do but Smiling is the most powerful gesture, it can increase your happiness, and it can make people around you feel good. There are even times when a smile feels close to impossible. It might be a tough day at work, or being caught in the midst of family drama during the holidays that’s causing your face to be uncooperative. Smiling is good for you, but it’s not always easy with these kinda feeling.

To change things, you have to

Increase your confidence. If you are feeling confident, it will be easier to smile, even if you’re dealing with a delicate social situation. If you feel like you’re in control, your face (and smile) will reflect that. There are several tricks you can try to make yourself more confident. Make sure to speak positively to yourself–no negativity! You can also try to focus only on your positive traits. Do you like the way you are able to clearly communicate your feelings? Great! Hold on to that thought, and let it help put that smile on your face.

Commit to doing one nice thing for yourself every day. Do your best to do something loving for yourself, however big or small, making the commitment means you’ll remind yourself on a daily basis to treat yourself with loving kindness. Keeping that commitment will bring real benefits, it motivates you to take better care of yourself, go after your dreams, and not let people treat you poorly.

Eat well. Not getting enough healthy fats or calories in general can mess up your body’s balance. If you hit a slump around the same time every day, see if having a healthy snack might pep you right up.

Take a walk. Something as simple as a change of scenery can bring you out of a funk.

Exercise more. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.

Good sleep. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep to function properly!  We know that sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves, and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out, it’s also important for our happiness.

Place yourself in happy situations. When you’re working to learn how to smile your way through difficult situations, practice by placing yourself into happy environments. Do something fun and exciting with friends.

Help others. To make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.

Positive thought. Smiling itself can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts.

Retrieve happy memories. Think back to some of the best times in your life.  Whatever it is, pull up some of your favorite memories and thumb through them like a photo album. Do this while you’re nervously waiting to head in for your big job interview. If you think of happy times, you’ll have an easy time smiling when it’s time to go in and wow your potential boss with your confident smile.

Meditation. This is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out its also useful for improving your happiness. Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life.

Turn on your inner soundtrack. There is a clear connection between music and our emotions. Chances are that you have some favorite songs that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Whatever song you choose, try “playing” it in your head when you’re having a hard time smiling. Music can clear up a bad mood and ease your anxiety

Breathe. Don’t forget that when you’re feeling stressed, overworked, or upset, simple breathing exercises can up your happiness quotient dramatically, If you do some deep breathing during the day, you can calm yourself down.



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