Monday Motivation: The Power of a Smile

Erin E. M. Hatton

I’m a smiley person.  But I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t always feel like smiling.  But here are a few things I’ve learned about smiling that might change the way you arrange your face.

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Even when you don’t feel it …

I’ve heard it said that if you smile enough, your brain will actually begin to release the chemicals that make you feel happy.  Now this doesn’t mean a fake, cheesy grin.  Actually making your facial muscles imitate a genuine smile after a while will make you really happy.  Is this the epitome of “fake it till you make it”?

Find a reason …

Usually when I don’t feel much like smiling, I look around for a reason to smile.  It might be the smallest thing, like the way the snow looks so pretty on the trees (even though it’s causing major inconvenience today), or the memory of something…

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