Have you ever witnessed someone get really frustrated at something and they put on the BIGGEST, fakest smile? They’re obviously annoyed, but now they’re ｓｍｉｌｉｎｇ and they look ridiculous (if it’s on a sitcom anyway) but suddenly…they start to feel better.
They get through the moment.
The classic Dick Van Dyke song from Bye Bye Birdie goes:
“Why look so awfully tragic?/Put on a happy face!/Smiling can work like magic/Put on a happy face!…”
It’s the simple action that triggers the brain.
I’m not even kidding, from “The Best Brain Possible”: Your brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters, including dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin, when a smile flashes across your face. These brain chemicals aid in calming your nervous system by lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
It’s science, people! 𝕀𝕥’𝕤 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕝!
So, I don’t wanna be “that guy” telling “you look so much prettier if you smile” (guys, girls hate that.) But I will tell ya, if you’re pissed off, angry or just having a down day, trick your brain into having a party. You supply the smile, instead of a snack and it’ll do the rest!
If you think I’m full of crap, fine. But I dare you to try it the next time something pops up that has you feeling a certain kinda way. Then try it again…and one more time just for the f@!$s of it.
Retrain your brain and let it have the party you deserve.