Smile Because You Can

Ever start out your day thinking this day is going to be the worst ever? What if it's Monday--we all dread Monday, don't we?  Nope, and it doesn't have to be that way.

I can say with honesty that I have experienced the power of positive thinking. In fact, most of us likely have at one point (or many more times, I hope) in our lives.

This one morning I woke up in a miserable mood.  (Hey, it happens to the best of us.) I had decided 'you know what? This is how I feel, I have a right to feel this way, I might as well embrace it.'

How do you think that day went for me?

That's right. It was one of the worst days ever!  Everything went wrong from the moment I got to work until the time I got home that night. Nothing, and I mean nothing, went smoothly.

Contrast that to a day I decided it was going to be a good day. I was going to take things as they came along. I was going to be patient and smile and not stress out about anything.

How do you think that day went?

You're correct! It was a good day.

I've even experienced the power of positive thinking within the same day. I got in to work and was in a grump. The odd (okay maybe a bit more) swear word mingled out with a deep exhale. The phone got hung up a little heavier on the cradle.  You get the picture.  I wasn't impressed by anything.

Then, like a light bulb went off (excuse the cliche), I realized I had the power to change my attitude. I stopped swearing, I started smiling, I breathed evenly and was patient with people. I took the time to talk with people.  Guess what? The day was flipped on its head--in a good way. It even improved the moods of those around me.

So my advice?  Just smile.  It can't hurt anything, but it sure as heck can help.


  1. Thanks for this positive post, Carolyn! Just goes to show you the power behind a smile! Cheers and keep smiling!

    1. It's unbelievable! You keep on smiling too, and thank you for your comments, Sharon.


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