March 2, 2024

Originally published here with permission of the author, me. And oh, by the way, laughter is contagious. Watch the hilarious video below.

This the number one meme “template” for a reason.

It sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it?

Unhappy? Smile! WTF? Are you serious?

Damn skippy!

We often think that smiling is the result of being happy. But it’s actually a two-way street.

People DO smile when they are happy.

But try this the next time you’re sad: SMILE!

Smiling can actually make you happier than you currently are. It’s true. Watch the video to see.

I tell my kids all the time when they’re in a bad mood: Smile.

They think I’m being a jerk, and sometimes I am.

But I learned this trick a LONG time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (in my teens – oh, so long ago).

I was a mostly happy kid but I did experience quite a bit of sadness at an early age.

My dad and my grandmother died within one month of each other, right around Christmas, when I was 13. Prior to that, my grandmother had suffered with kidney failure and 3x weekly jaunts to dialysis machines for 4 hours at a time.

Since I lived with my grandparents, I spent a lot of time with them at the hospital. Often, alone. It’s tough to hang out for 4 hours in a pickup truck in the hot sun while your grandfather reads every page of the daily newspaper.

So not only was I alone a lot, I wasn’t happy.

I’d get in “funks.” Still do.

And when I do, I smile.

In fact, I practice it.

I suggest you try it. Try it before you’re sad. Practice.

It really works.

The world would be a better place if we’d all smile more.

Less war. More abundance. I truly believe this.

Here's a scientific explanation of what I said above. Kind of. It's about laughter. But I view laughter to smile as video to image. Same ideas conveyed. Movement in one, not the other.

Make sense?

Tell me what you think in the Comments.

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