Groundbreaking research from the University of South Australia confirms that the act of smiling can trick your mind into happiness, simply by how you move your facial muscles 😀.
The new study evaluated the impact of a convert smile on two situations: perceptions of face and body expressions 🤔. ➡️In both situations a smile was induced by participants holding a pen between their teeth 😬, forcing their facial muscles to replicate the movement of a smile while a comparison group didn’t hold a pen.
➡️Both groups were shown a range of facial expressions (from frowns to smiles) and a series of body movements (from „sad walking” videos to „happy walking” videos).
➡️Under the „pen-in-the-teeth” conditio, the forced „smiling” facial position caused the participants to interpret the facial muscles and body movements of others as more positive, compared to the „no-pen” group 😉.
When participants forced a smile, it stimulated the amygdala – the emotional brain center 🧠, which is turn released neurotransmitters to encourage an emotionally positive state 🤗
According to the Chief investigator, Dr Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos „When your muscles say you’re happy, you’re more likely to see the world around you in a positive way” 🤩.
He concludes that if the brain can be tricked into perceiving stimulation as happy, this mechanism could be used to boost mental health conditions such as reducing anxiety or depression 😊
Remember – keep smiling! 😊😁😀😆😄😃😉🙂
How do you feel scrolling instagram or facebook? 🤔 Are you smilling seeing photos of others, do you feel inspired reading their posts, are you motivated hearing about their successes? 🤗
Make sure you follow people you feel good about ⚠️. If there’s any account you follow that makes you feel bad about yourself, that makes you feel worse 👎, unloved 💔, unsuccessful, unattractive or any other negative emotion – unfollow now!!! ❌
Just like you wouldn’t talk to a person you don’t like or that makes you feel bad, don’t do it online either! 😉 Surround yourself with positive people only, with people that inspire you, motivate you, that send positive vibes only! 🤗
I love scrolling instagram and seeing people I follow succed, it makes me feel motivated! 🤩
🤗 POSITIVE NEWS 🤗
Ford making N95 masks with clear panels to help the deaf and ease communication
Elon Musk pledges $100m to carbon capture contest
World’s Second-Oldest Person Recovers From Covid-19 in Time for 117th Birthday
Chick-fil-A Employee Wins Car, Then Gifts It to Co-Worker Who Commutes on Bicycle
Louisiana sanitation workers save 10-year-old girl kidnapped by sex offender
Come back next Monday for more!
Are you fair to yourself? 🤔 Do you treat yourself well? 😉 Do you think of yourself in a nice way and understand your needs and problems? 🧐 Do you expect same results as others from yourself or are you over ambitious and tend to be critical of your achievements? 🙄
Imagine a situation: your friend calls and tells you that she failed at work and is afraid she’s gonna get fired 😰. What do you tell her? 🤔 You probably tell her not to worry, you try to assure her/him that she’s/he’s probably over dramatic and that it couldn’t have been that bad. You emphasise that she’s/he’s good at her/his job and that she/he won’t get fired 🤩
Now imagine same situation but you’re the one that failed at work 😉. What do you tell yourself? Do you blame yourself? 😶 Do you keep saying how bad you are? That you deserve getting fired? 😬 Do you tend to be overcritical to yourself? ☹
Is that what you would say to your friend? No! 🚫
Be a friend not only to others but to you as well! 🤗 Be supportive, understanding and loving ❤
How to challenge negative thoughts? 🤔
❌ „No one likes me.”
❌„It’s all my fault that she’s upset”
❌„I shouldn’t have made that mistake”
❌„I can’t do this”
❌„Why does this always happen to me?”
❌„Everyone is out to get me”.
✔„What is another possibility?”
✔„What would the people who care about me say?”
✔„What is the worst that could REALLY happen?”
✔„If my friend had this thought, what would I tell her?
✔„Can I be 100% sure this is true?”
✔„What is the best possible outcome?”
Remember, be a friend to yourself.
Be kind 😘
You’re not a robot. You’re a human, you make mistakes and that’s ok 😉
Love yourself 🙏.
P.s. Check out my Instagram for an idea for the cheesiest homemade gift for Valentines Ever!
There is this saying, one of my favourites, „Not everyday is good but there is something good in everyday” and I so agree! 😊
Even though this year has been tough to all of us I am more than sure that we could find something good in all of those days! Like the color of the sky, smell of flowers or somebody being nice to you! 😊
Last 3 months have been very very tough for me, healthwise 🤕, workwise 🙄, many family issues 😟, some friends let me down 😏…believe me, it has not been easy 🤷🏼♀️ and in the end when I was thinking that the only positive issue this year (besides my covid test 2 months ago 😜) is my financial situation, I got half of my usual salary today 🤦🏼♀️ and even though it’s all good now and it turned out to be a mistake by somebody in HR I won’t get the missing half until January 🤷🏼♀️… so 2020 misery goes on 🙄
BUT! Even though it’s been so tough I managed to see some good in everyday, to get excited about something every week, to be happy despite all the problems and that’s how positive mind works! 😉
I’ve been admiring beautiful sunrises and sunsets 🌄 (I am pretty sure that the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Poland are in December), I’ve been veeeery creative and doing plenty DIY stuff that you’ve seen/see in Smiley Advent Calendar 😁, I’ve been doing silly sketches and dances with my husband to make our moods better 🤪, I’ve been admiring beautiful fruity smell of my favourite shower gel each day 😍, I’ve been more and more excited about upcoming Xmas creating beautiful Xmas decorations 🎄, I’ve been grateful for every help that I got either from a stranger on a street or from a colleague at work 😉… there is so much good around us we just need to notice it! 🤗
Now tell me something good that happened to you today!
P.s. Here’s a little extra from today’s Smiley Advent Calendar box on my Instagram:
Time for positive news!
An endangered white rhino was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park 🦏
12-Year-Old Boy Makes More Than 100 Baseball Bats from Fallen Branches of Derecho Storm, Raising Money for Victims 💰
Jeff Bezos Created $10 Billion ‘Earth Fund’ to Meet Climate Crisis, First Grants of $800M Go to Iconic Environmental Groups 🤩
Filipino wins sustainability award for solar panel made from waste crop 🏆
COVID-hit mother wakes up from coma to find she has given birth to twins 👶👶
Come back next Monday for more!