On feeling good, feeling great: Smile more often

[My body as of late has been caught in the bi-polar throes of either clocking serious KMs in top form or being laid-out, immobile and sick as a dog.  I feel bad for throwing off the rhythm of the blog so here’s a re-post of an older TITAWIR, a happy little reminder to always look on the bright side.]

Lately I’ve been grinning like a motherfucker. No matter where I seem to be I catch myself with a big dumb grin waving it around in the wind. And here’s what I’ve learned about smiling more often.

It’s contagious as hell. This is a good thing. If you are randomly smile and catch the eye of some ol’ fella and he sees you smiling, chances are they’ll start smiling too. Right then and there you created happiness in this world and purely by mistake.

Smiles release endorphins. Or at least I think they do because I’m not in the mood to factcheck myself but there’s some scientifically proven benefit to lifting up the corners of your mouth and it has to do with the biology of feeling awesome.

The act also improves your outlook. Standing roadside and you get splashed by a passing truck? Hell, now you don’t need to worry about getting wet. No one finds your joke funny? Well, you yourself do. Has your dog peed on you again? Just think about peeing right back on him.

So if you ever are in doubt, worried, sad or upset, just throw out a smile. Make a habit of it, because when you start to see the strange smiling feedback loop of positivity you create, you’ll see just how much easier it is to pull yourself up out of that dark little hole.

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