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.