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Happy Face

posted Nov 15, 2016, 8:03 PM by Elaine Busby
Optimism may be something you come by naturally, but scientists now are saying optimism can - and should - be learned.
Being happy makes people flourish. On a cellular level. People who are happy have been shown to fend off sickness better than naysayers. And live longer. 
Haven't you heard the study done on nuns? They looked at profiles written by women who were applying to be nuns. Those who expressed positive thoughts about themselves and the work they were about to embark on were the ones who lived the longest. By years. 
Even if you are a naturally happy person you can work on upping your game. 
Have you laughed yet today?
Have you expressed gratitude for someone or something?
Did you participate in a random act of kindness? 
Set some daily happiness goals for yourself. Maybe it's as simple as taking the scenic route to work. Or as difficult as apologizing to your spouse. 
You don't have to look like a happy face emoji, but it has been proven that making yourself smile makes you feel better.
As the recovery community says, "Fake it 'til you make it". 
Now excuse me, I have to go finish watching Dana Carvey on Netflix. No faking needed to laugh at his jokes.