Life, at times, feels like an emotional roller coaster causing us to alternate between the feelings of exhilaration, intensity, excitement, sadness, disappointment, or confusion. For me, this past week was extremely intense…swinging between the above emotions and feeling exhausted emotionally, mentally and physically. However, even in the midst of chaos, I still try to remind myself of the blessings in my life and to be grateful for the gift of life.
“Life is what you make it…” -Eleanor Roosevelt
In stressful situations, I have the choice to worry or to be mindful and find solutions. In delightful situations, I also have the choice to fully immerse myself in the joyfulness of the moment or to not be fully present and worry in the back of my head about the future or past or just “what if.” Life is not easy, and we get different things thrown at us, but I continuously work on staying mindful, logical, and positive, keeping in mind that I have a higher power looking over me.
Proverbs 3:5-8- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
I choose to stay positive and keep on smiling!
Health Benefits of Positive Thinking
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of stress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Health Benefits of Smiling
Lowered Heart Rate- Smiling slows the heart rate, relaxes the body and temporarily reduces blood pressure. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease.
Reduced Stress- Smiling releases endorphins that help to deactivate stress hormones.
Improved Mood- Studies even indicate that fake smiling under stressful activities can lead to positive feelings.
So if you don’t feel like smiling, fake smile. That may lead to a real smile and maybe even laughter…the best medicine!
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Guttmann, Davies. “The Power of Positivity.” Google Books, Books on Demand, 4 June 2014
Schreck, Cate. “The A-Z of Service Excellence.” Google Books, BookBaby, 29 Sept. 2016.