Smile Therapy

There is a simple way to change your mood. If you are feeling anxious, worried or lost in your misery, all you have to do to ease that feeling is to smile. I know it sounds crazy. But, it actually does work. You might be feeling disgusted or annoyed by this post, try it right now. Stop. Smile. Do you feel that instant response in your body? Do you feel something inside you get lighter and brighter? Do you feel yourself relax? There might be something to it.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”- Leo F. Buscaglia

There are a million reasons not to be happy. If you watch the news or concern yourself with all that is going wrong, it leads to tension, stress and even depression. The reasons to smile do exist. What if you don’t have to wait for those moments? What if you can make that happen anytime you want to? You can choose to smile at any time of day. You don’t have to do it in front of people if it makes you feel awkward. When you are alone, just sit and smile. I’m doing it as I write this post. My mood is lifting and I actually feel like I want to chuckle to myself.

If you don’t like to smile, you can try what I generally subscribe to which is laughing. I have a far-reaching, and possibly twisted, sense of humor. I can find a way to laugh at almost anything. It has served me well in life. I’m sure my blood pressure would be much higher if I didn’t laugh at the crazy things that happen in my life. Laughing at things in my life requires looking at them from a distance and choosing to see how absolutely ridiculous they are. It requires taking a step back and taking everything in, then choosing to see the humor in it. There is a reason why comedy is the opposite of tragedy. It’s the things that comics do to make us laugh at ourselves and others. I have adopted this philosophy to my life. I have to say that I learned it from my family. I can’t take all the credit.

There will be times when a smile or laugh is inappropriate or just is not going to happen. You shouldn’t ever deny your feelings. Cry when you need to cry. Get those emotions out. But, when you’re done rather than let those feelings linger, lurk and fester into bitterness. Smile or laugh. Look at the situation in a different light and find the insane funniness in it. It makes it much easier to get through it. It makes you feel good and it add a touch of sweetness to an ugly memory.