First, you’ll need a mirror. Or at least something the you can clearly see your eyes and face in. Got it? Ok. Read on.
No matter your belief system, everyone would agree that your morning can determine your day. And for each ‘life-school’ there is a different method to start your day. So many choices it can be overwhelming.
Personally, I like things simple. And while my mornings can get convoluted as I work on making this life journey better, I’ve found one simple thing that is a no-fail: smiling. Specifically, smiling to myself in the mirror.
An article on forbes.com says, “Decades of research bear out the basic truth: your mood is elevated and your stress is reduced if you plaster a big smile on your face, even for a short period of time. (Frowns have been shown to have the opposite effect.) The smile doesn’t have to be based on real emotion – faking it works.” But why?
Ever heard of mirror neurons? They are the little transmitors in our brain that help us relate to our fellow humans. It’s what causes you to flinch when you see someone get hurt or smile when you see a happy moment between lovers. Mirror neurons make it possible for us to make ourselves happier. And really, why would you let someone else determine your emotional wellbeing?
“So what is going on in our brains when we smile?
Imagine we are in a pleasant situation, like bumping into an old friend on the metro. When our brains feel happy, endorphins are produced and neuronal signals are transmitted to your facial muscles to trigger a smile. This is the start of the positive feedback loop of happiness. When our smiling muscles contract, they fire a signal back to the brain, stimulating our reward system, and further increasing our level of happy hormones, or endorphins. In short, when our brain feels happy, we smile; when we smile, our brain feels happier.” (britishcouncil.org)
Be happy now!
So why not create that positive feedback loop for yourself? Why wait to feel happy? Grab a mirror and give yourself a grin, teeth and all. Try it for seven days. Put a note on your mirror as a reminder to smile, then take a few seconds, look yourself in the eyes and smile.
Using a mirror to improve our thoughts and feelings works so well that Louise Hay even wrote a book called Mirror Work: 21 Days to Heal Your Life.
For me, looking at myself in the mirror was not always a loving experience. It was an activity filled with criticism. However, we cannot expect people to love us if we don’t love us. Remember the Law of Attraction, you get back what you put out, even to yourself.
So here’s to loving you. Here’s to being happy with you, now. It makes working on being better a more joyful experience.