When you think about ways to make yourself happier, surely smiling at YOURSELF is not one of the first things that comes to mind. However, smiling at yourself can be one of the easiest and quickest ways to make yourself happy. The physical act of smiling releases endorphins into the brain. And smiling doesn’t necessarily just mean with your mouth, you can also smile with your eyes as well.
If you are someone who finds it hard to smile, you can force yourself to smile by holding a pen or pencil between your teeth. Holding a pen or pencil in your mouth for 60 seconds has been shown to positively affect your happiness levels. Also when practicing smiling at yourself in the mirror, start with your eyes. Focus on smiling with your eyes and not your mouth, feel the smile around your eyes. When you smile with your eyes first your mouth and the rest of your face will follow naturally. People who smile with their eyes tend to have a true and natural smile, not the silly looking forced smile. Then the next time you are taking pictures with family or friends all your practice will pay off.
Also, smiling at yourself in the mirror will help prepare you to smile at someone. After all, smile is the same in every language. Smiling is contagious, if you smile at someone who looks like they are having a bad day or seem a bit down, you very well could be brightening their day. Don’t forget to smile at yourself as well, you can make your own day brighter.
Every time you see yourself in the mirror, make sure to have a big smile. Make sure that every time you leave yourself in the mirror last thing you do smile at yourself. Leaving yourself with a positive image of yourself will help you be more happy and positive overall. If you believe it you will be it, showing yourself in the mirror that you are happy and smiling will more than likely make you become more happy. Seeing your own smile as part of your daily routine is going to help you have a healthy self image and make you feel more positive about yourself.
No matter where you are what you’re doing, make sure to give yourself a little smile every time you see yourself in the mirror. Let your smile be contagious, smile at others and they may follow. Smiling at yourself really does make you more happier, because of the endorphins that it releases. Don’t forget to smile with your eyes to help you learn to smile truly, with your whole face.