Monday, February 22, 2021
Stop. Right now. Pull your face into a smile. Don't even think about something that would make you smile. Just contract those cheek muscles. Even if it feels like a grimace, just do it and take note of how you feel.
I hope you experience what I do, because I can feel a sort of uplifting all the way down my body. extremely faint, except along the outside of my shins where I do feel a matching contraction. I was reminded of this when I read Jennipher Walter's 2010 spark article - 60-Second Health and Fitness Boosters
This article rolls around into my in-box about every other year and I always like to scan through it - because I never remember the cool ideas but I remember that there are cool ideas in the article. And always - when I get to # 5 I always do that little muscle contraction exercise to see if it still gives me that tingle. And it always does. Just like the one about washing your hands , which, certainly in 2010 I didn't do nearly enough. Or the deep breath one. Or the sit up straight - another thing that can transform my mood as I let my body realign.
They're all good tips. But the one to smile is my favorite. I do have a mean storyteller in my head that loves to scare me but I can shut it up with a smile. Or a facial contraction. Or even a grimace. Don't you think you deserve 60 seconds of mood uppers? Yeah. I do too.