Give Yourself the Gift of Happiness - Smile and Act "As if"

Updated: Jun 20, 2019

"Ever heard the expression “Smile and the world smiles with you?”

Well, it turns out there is something to it. When you're upset you can force a smile, soften your voice, and literally change your emotional state.

The Ancient philosopher, Seneca thought if you act calm, you will become calm.

Turns out he was right. Researchers call it the “As if” principle. In a study of more than 26,000 people the participants were randomly assigned to one of a handful of groups and asked to carry out various exercises designed to make them happier. When it came to increasing happiness, those altering their facial expressions came out on top of the class.

You can read more about it in Richard Wiseman's book, The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life

So the next time when a situation has you feeling stressed or flustered, forcing your self to smile can genuinely decrease your stress and make you feel happier.

Dave Quinn, CEcD is Chief Inspiration Officer for and President of City Services for Day One Experts, an economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to companies, communities, and organizations. If you'd like to set up a time to visit with Dave about possible speaking engagements or to find out more about becoming a member of the Day One family click here to set up a 30-minute discovery call.

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