Day #1: SMILE!
My final tip when all is said and done is to just smile! Be happy! Life is too short to be sad or unhappy. Make the best of every situation and wake up with a smile on your face. Make it a point to smile in the mirror every morning. Tell yourself it’s going to be a great day and go tackle it! When you are working out, get excited about how great you are doing and how you have progressed and don’t be afraid to smile about it. Who cares if someone else in the gym sees you smile? Maybe your happiness will be contagious.
Do not always be focused on yourself, but do be very self-aware. Acknowledge when you are doing something great and give yourself some positive reinforcement by smiling about it. Maybe you tried out a new recipe and it smells delicious, reward yourself and your mind with a heartfelt smile! Maybe you noticed someone checking you out at the mall, give them a smile, give yourself a pat on the back and strut your stuff! No one truly knows your struggles, but you. If you wear everything on your sleeve and over-analyze everything, you can bring yourself down. Honestly, everyone else in this day and age has enough to worry about, so most people are not judging or even looking at you, unless you make it a point to be noticed by them. Smile at them. Say hi! It could make someone’s day. That alone will make you even happier. If you choose to smile you will train your brain to be happy and you will focus less on the negativity and more on all the great things in your life! It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, extend your lifespan, boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure and the list goes on!
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Mother Teresa