A simple way to increase joy in your day to day life!
Try it! No matter what mood you are in right now, smile. I bet you will feel better in just a few minutes. If you continue to smile over the next few days, your stress levels will decrease and you may find that your breathing is easier, your belly feels lighter and even your digestion improves.
I would like to share the following story with you. My favorite author, P.G. Wodehouse (from the “Jeeves and Wooster” fame) in 1931 published a short story titled “The Smile that Wins.”
It is about Adrian Mulliner. He is a private detective who suffers from indigestion due to the fact that he is in love with a young lady whose father is afraid of detectives and will not allow the marriage. Heartbroken, Adrian visits a doctor who advises him that the ingestion is caused by stress and that in order to feel better, Adrian must smile. The kicker is that Adrian has a sinister looking smile that seems to say “I know all about you.” This causes all sorts of mayhem and pandemonium amongst those who have something to hide and creates a great deal of laughter for the reader.
What I love about this particular story, in addition to the humor and Wodehouse’s command of the English language, is the idea of curing stress-induced indigestion by smiling.
This mind-body connection makes perfect sense. Think about the body language of a depressed person. He is likely to slouch, drag his feet when walking, scowl and have a general posture of one who is protecting his heart. A happy person, on the other hand, will stand with his shoulders back, chest forward and head up. There will be a
lightness and bounce in his step and…a smile on his face.
It follows that if our emotions can influence our body language, then our body language can influence our emotions. What a great concept– increasing joy and happiness just by taking our shoulders back, opening through the heart and smiling. And so, let do some smiling…1, 2, 3, GO!
Article originally published in Holistically Savvy