From Fake It to Make It: How Smiling Can Boost Your Mood

International Day of happiness

As professionals, we often prioritize our careers and personal goals, neglecting our well-being and happiness in the process. Yesterday was International Day of Happiness, which helps reminds us of the importance of cultivating joy in our lives. The good news is we can experience the benefits of happiness every day!

One simple yet effective way to boost our happiness is through smiling. According to Paul Ekman, a renowned expert in psychology and facial coding, smiling can positively impact our well-being. A broad smile that engages the muscles around the eyes can even cause a shift in brain activity and mood. Even if we don't feel like smiling, faking a smile that involves both the mouth and the eyes can still be effective. In fact, practicing a broad, goofy, ear-to-ear smile in front of the mirror for just 5-10 minutes daily can work wonders on our mood.


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But happiness isn't just a fleeting emotion that comes and goes. It's a state of mind that can have a lasting impact on our lives. Research by Shawn Achor shows that happy individuals tend to have higher levels of intelligence, creativity, and productivity. By cultivating a positive mindset and practicing happiness daily, we can not only feel good in the moment but also enhance our overall well-being and success.


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So, how can we make happiness a habit in our lives? One way is through gratitude. By focusing on the positive aspects of our lives and expressing gratitude for them, we can shift our mindset and experience more joy. Additionally, surrounding ourselves with positive people and experiences can have a significant impact on our happiness levels. Choosing to engage in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment, and spending time with people who uplift and support us can enhance our overall well-being.


Happiness is contagious


It's important to note that happiness doesn't mean ignoring negative emotions or difficult situations. It's a balance of acknowledging and processing those emotions while also choosing to focus on the positive aspects of our lives. By prioritizing our happiness and making it a daily practice, we can enhance our overall well-being, success, and productivity.


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So, let's make happiness a habit and prioritize our well-being every day. By smiling, practicing gratitude, surrounding ourselves with positivity, and cultivating a positive mindset, we can experience the many benefits of happiness in both our personal and professional lives.

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