Some days, you might need a little nudge to help you smile or a nice thought to remind you to be grateful. I’ve heard this sentiment expressed over and over from The Best Brain Possible Facebook page friends.
And to be honest, the encouraging, mindfulness reminders I post there help keep me pointed in the right direction too when my day or mind veers off track. (Hey, it happens to us all!)
While media in general and social media specifically can be an overwhelmingly negative influence with it’s attention grabbing headlines and shocking images, if consumed with discernement, it can also be positive, uplifting, and encouraging. Like anything in this life, it is what you make of it. You are in charge.
While there’s no way to avoid all media, and you wouldn’t want to, there’s no need to focus on all the negative hype and over-expose yourself to anxiety-producing subject matter. It is possible to find sources that inspire and motivate, make you smile, and bring good news and feelings.
Just Smiling Boosts Your Mood
It may seem too simple, but just the act of smiling really does improve your mood. Most people think we smile because we feel happy, but it works the other way around too. You will feel happier if you smile. Your face isn’t just a billboard that displays your feelings. It’s an equal partner in the creation of emotions. In a feedback loop, your facial movements influence your emotional states.
So, here are some smiles for you!
This wonderful story about Fanta, a little sheep born with some physical challenges, is an example of how the brain is capable of rewiring itself to make connections and regain functionality based on repeated behavior and experience, called neuroplasticity. It’s guaranteed to warm your heart and make you smile.
Laughter Is Contagious
Laughing works for the same reasons smiling does. Remembering something that makes you giggle, watching funny movies or videos, or hanging out with someone who makes you chuckle or just laughs a lot themselves can make you feel happier. The best part is that laughter is contagious. Bet you can’t watch this without busting out yourself.
Spiders Can’t Fly
Just thinking of something happy or funny can boost serotonin levels in your brain. So, here’s a happy thought! Sure makes me smile. How about you?
Music Sets Your Mood
Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety and listening to happy music can make you happier. You can create a soothing playlist or rock out to more upbeat tunes. You knew this song had to be on here somewhere. I dare you to watch it and not smile.
Find Joy In The Little Things
Good things are around you every moment of every day. You have to notice them. Try seeing the world through the eyes of a child when even rain was magical. Look for the good and you’ll find it.