Be-Happier Tip: Stop Frowning!


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Have you ever heard the expressions “Let a smile be your umbrella” and “A smile is a frown turned upside down”?

Maybe you heard them too many times while growing up, and dismissed the good advice both sayings contain.  Research has told us that it’s healthier to be happy and have a positive outlook — so why are so many people walking around with a frown?

I believe that many times it is a reflection of what the person is “thinking” — or more likely, the worries they have allowed to rule their life! If you go through your day fretting inside that you don’t have time for all the tasks on your list, and thinking ahead and ahead even further into what you will say and do next with some other person in some other situation than where you are NOW… if you pass a mirror or reflective window, you might catch yourself frowning.

Wait — I bet I know what your excuse is.  Life is serious. You have to frown to show you are taking your life seriously and not frittering it away like some goofball slacker.  But the real test comes with how you FEEL.

When you frown… do you feel good inside? Or do you feel bad…stressed, hurried and overwhelmed?

When you smile, on the other hand, does your energy increase? Do you see life as a joyous adventure? Smiling teaches your mind that you are a person who wants to enjoy life — and that means you will begin attracting more people and events and results that are in harmony with your positive, cheerful outlook.

Try it — for one week, make a conscious effort to notice when you are frowning, and quickly switch your expression to a smile.  Look at that image of butterflies — doesn’t that make you smile?  Make a list of things you can think of quickly that make you smile.  Train yourself to be aware of beauty in nature and all around you — discover things that are pleasing that you might have overlooked.  At work and at home, put out pictures of people and pets you love, and let each photo remind you of happy times.

Along with your new smile, give yourself a pep talk:  I can do this!  I can handle my life just fine!  No need to worry, I can relax and get my work done efficiently. Let me know how it goes!

to your happiness,

Evelyn Brooks

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