Michelle Whitehead

Don't Forget to Smile!

Hi everyone, happy Friday! Today I wanted to write about smiling and the awesomeness that it can bring. When I was going through a tough time, I was down in the dumps and thought that I would never be happy again (I know, so dramatic!). I remembered reading somewhere that even forcing a smile makes you feel a bit happier, so I gave it a shot. I was initially so sad, with a red puffy face from crying, and looked in the mirror at myself and attempted to smile. The fake smile didn't do much but seeing my own goofy reflection sure did. I began laughing hysterically and my pitty party had finally ended.
 
"There is physiological evidence that smiling has specific biological consequence. This is even truer of laughter and is evidence of a feedback loop. Smiling has hormonal and physiological consequences which make us feel better and want to smile more. Smiling self medicates and heals." - Adrian Furnham Ph.D.
 
I think this is extremely interesting and encourage you all to try it. Make yourself laugh, be goofy with yourself! Have a friend feeling down? Tell them a lame joke and make them smile too. Smiling is definitely contagious, have fun with it.
 
Have an amazing weekend!
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