6 Ways You Can Choose to Be Happy!

Make Yourself

  Again!

 

When you’re living in a funk from day-to-day, it is hard to find things to smile about. It’s hard to find some refreshing positivity. But, the truth is, it is up to you. You can wallow in misery, but if you want things to change – if you want to find your smile again – you’re the one who has to make it happen.

Here are some of the ways to make yourself happy.

Thank Your Pillow

Get a boost of delight from thanking objects and what they do for you.  When you wake in the morning, put your hands together like a Buddhist monk, bow your head and say, “Thank you, pillow, for the dreams you have given me.” Try this with your bed, blanket, pj’s and shoes. Do it to as many things as you like.

Smack a Smile on Your Face

Leave your worries and boredom at the door. Make every entrance a bright one.  Whenever you’re walking through a door, imagine there’s a smile hanging from the top of the door sill. As you walk through the door, grab that smile and smack it on your face, like you’re putting a cover over your mouth.  Imagine that whatever worries or boring thoughts you may have had just got smile smacked out of you when you walked through the door.

Take a 30-Second U-Turn Back to Happy-Ville

Here’s how to get yourself back to happy-ville when you meet a silly little drama. When you get frustrated or upset, take a 30-second pause. For the first five seconds, you acknowledge the bad moment. For the remaining 25 seconds, you let the frustration or irritating feeling go by, imagining that you have arrived at this silly little drama-ville and you see it for what it is. Then you U-turn back to happy-ville.  Just remember, the only person who can put a dent in your happiness is you. You always can return to happiness.

Create a Happy Folder on Your Phone

One of the simplest ways to make yourself happy is to create a special “happy folder” of photos on your phone. The easiest way to do this is to browse through your photos and move the ones that bring a grin to your face to the happy folder. Don’t forget to add happy, inspiring Facebook photos too.  Now, when you feel bored, miserable, or hurt, launch your happy folder and feel the happiness oozing back into you again.

Pat Your Back to Brighten Up Your Feelings

Here’s a quick and easy way to lift your feelings up. Once you’ve successfully done something, raise your right or left hand, pat yourself on the back, and say something like, “Way to go, (your name)!”

You can do this any time of the day to give yourself a little pick-me-up delight.

Give a Surprise That Will Make You Smile

When you’re feeling bored or down, you can perk yourself up by surprising someone who is important to you. Buy a present or do something special or unique. You can try washing their car, mowing their lawn, or shoveling their snow without telling them. Just do it and imagine the surprise on their face when they see what some kind soul has done for them.  Of course, you can let them know it was you. Either way, you’ll be filled with a whole lot of merry pride.

Now Go Turn Funky Days into Sweet Delight!

Living in the funk is no fun, especially when it feels like there’s no way out. But escape is possible and there are ways to make yourself happy. You just have to take charge of things and actively seek out happiness every day. The takeaway is that it’s up to YOU to turn each day into sweet delight.

Barb Schrader
August 9, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Taken from Ken D. Taylor, HealthyAgingHabits.com

The Most Powerful Tool In Your Personal Toolbox

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Retrain Your Brain

Smile Your Way to A Better Life

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We all have fondness for the grump: Grumpy Cat, Oscar the Grouch, Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, Aunt [fill in the name of your family member]  and, of course, Scrooge.  They make us laugh (most of the time).  But, how effective are they in life?  Do you respond better to a smile or a frown?  Does your project or chore flow better when you are grumbling or smiling? This article is not intended to instruct you on how to live your life like Pollyanna.  There is real and scientific power in a smile. [Click to Tweet]

When you experience a positive situation, “neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face.  Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy.”[1]  In fact, “[s]miling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.” [1]  Smiling actually produces the same type of happiness as when you exercise “in terms of how our brain responds.” [1] Smiling creates a happy cycle:  when your brain feels good, you smile and when you smile, your brain feels good. [Click to Tweet]

Also, did you know that your brain keeps score?   “It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in therefore.” [1]

“Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies. And smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only does so 20 times.” [1]

At University of California – Berkeley, a 30-year longitudinal study  analyzed “the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above.” [2]  Why is this important?  Smiling reduces stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.

Have you ever noticed that people smile more often when they are around children? “Two studies from 2002 and 2011 at Uppsala University in Sweden confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles.” [2]  In other words, smiling is contagious!

Did you know that you are “actually better looking when you smile[?] When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.”[3]

To sum it all up:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When others smile, they look good and feel good, too

So, how do you perfect the art of smiling? Practice!  It sound silly, but practice your smile in front of the mirror.   Developing a better smile starts with being very comfortable to smile a lot. [Click to Tweet]

Mother Teresa Smile
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

“So now, whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your marriage, or reduce your stress…or whenever you want to feel as good as when you’ve enjoyed a stack of high quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, or as if you randomly found 25 grand in the pocket of a jacket you hadn’t worn for ages…or when you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…SMILE :-)” [2]

I would love to hear your stories on the power of your smile.  Please comment below and share your happiness.

Caroline Boardman
February 17, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture
[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/03/22/the-untapped-power-of-smiling/#d7a171020d8b
[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile