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Wake Up with a Smile 🙂

Smiling is good for your mental health. It releases endorphins, natural painkillers, which makes you physically feel better. Plus dopamine and serotonin are released which help relax the body by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Others will find you more attractive and trustworthy. Have I convinced you? Read on to find out how even if you are in a fowl mood.

Published on: April 22, 2021
Topics included: dopamine | endorphins | serotonin | smile
smiling in bed

Smile Trial: You’ll Like It!

It is amazing what the simple act of smiling can do for you physically, socially and professionally. Allow me to summarize.

  • Releases endorphins/natural painkillers
  • Releases dopamine and serotonin which relax the body by lowering blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increases your attractiveness
  • Promotes productivity
  • Makes you more trustworthy and approachable

These are all great reasons to smile. By waking up with a smile, you are more likely to set a positive tone for the day. I like to add a simultaneous stretch and congratulate myself for a good night’s sleep. What? You didn’t sleep well and your alarm clock is blaring? Read on.

 

boy lifting bicycle

Reframe Your Mind

 

Like a camera, you can choose the settings for your focus: close-up, normal range, or wide-angle view. Taking a few steps backward to shift from a close-up to wider angle view can make negative thoughts seem more neutral. Some examples of reframing such thoughts are shown below.

Negative Feeling

  1. I slept terribly!
  2. I’m exhausted!
  3. I feel like crap!
  4. My head is going to explode.
  5. I have so much to do today. I will never get it done.
angry boy
boy with neutral expression

Neutral Options

  1. That wasn’t the best sleep I’ve had.
  2. I’m awake. Time to get up.
  3. Glad I am not running a marathon today.
  4. I feel pressure in my head.
  5. It will be a challenge to get all of my chores done today.

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.”

Yoko Ono

Take a Step Back

We often magnify our problems by making them more important then they really are. I recall being depressed about a breakout. I was thinking that I wasted two years of my life. Someone told me, “If you live to 80, that’s only 2.5% of your life. That’s nothing.” That comment stuck with me. Below are some more shifts to the big picture examples to try.

  • Avoid imagining the worst by considering a wide continuum of outcomes.
  • Stop blaming a problem on a single source and look for alterantive explanations.
  • Don’t think in terms of all or nothing. Imagine a compromise instead.

I love the concept of reframing your mind. When I think back, people have been suggesting some version of this my whole life.

  • “Take a deep breath.”
  • “Let it go.”
  • “Weigh your options.”

Now I hear them. My suggestion is to adjust your focus. Start the day with a smile.

smile continuum

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