Keep your head held high and keep smiling. Don’t cry over the past, cry to get over the past. Don’t smile to hide the pain, smile to heal the pain. Don’t think of all the sadness in the world, think of all the beauty that still remains around you.
Marc and Angel Chernoff 1000 little things happy successful people do differently.
That quote is not only inspirational but holds certain physiological truths which I have outlined below.
“When your brain believes it is feeling happiness, you will not be stressed, or at least less stressed than you would be if you were unhappy.”
A smile can make your brain believe you are happy.
“Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by. If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through… for you.”
The fact that Nat Cole wrote this song and it is still a popular song, also tells us that a smile is a powerful tool and a natural aid to healing the heart.
We all have times when we are down. Sometimes the down times get too low and we are depressed. Meaning we cannot get out of it. I have recently been on that course. When we are down it seems like it just keeps getting worse. It always surprises me how many hits the human heart can actually handle.
This week was the 4th of July, Independence Day in the USA. A day of celebration all over the nation. A day to gather with friends and family. We wear our nations colors. We take the day off of work to play, picnic, get to the beach and forget about all that is happening in the world to be thankful for our FREEDOM!
I am not even going to get into the state our nation is in which somehow tainted the whole FREEDOM idea.
The hit I am talking about was…well a BIG ONE. A personal hit to my emotional stability. If you read my previous post you will recall I described a person in my life that has been causing me to become isolated due to the mental illness of a family member. it has affected another relationship and in saying this I mean that I have lost this persons love.
On the one hand it has had a positive affect on my appetite, I have none. Which is a good thing right? But we all know the damage such emotions can cause and what road it leads to.
Now it is time to put the Happy Weight Loss into action. This plan works not only to help achieve weight loss goals, but to get those neurotransmitters fired up to start feeling good again.
STEP ONE: Look good to feel good. Did I mention that tomorrow is my birthday? I am not a proponent of binge shopping, or comfort shopping, but hey it is my birthday. Even though my wardrobe is in pretty good shape, it never hurts to find that perfect accessory to cheer a girl up.
This kimono is beautiful, comfortable and hides my tummy which was one more thing that was depressing me.
With that said I want to add that “giving” will also stimulate another feel good hormone.The feel good hormone Oxytocin, that will further motivate you to keep going in your awesome lifestyle. Although not normally associated with weight loss, this hormone is the nurturing hormone which when released produces feeling of well being. There is no better way to fight negative feeling than to reach out and help someone else. This does not have to be someone who is going through the same thing you are. Just someone you know you could help by a random act of kindness.
STEP TWO: Achieve a goal. Setting achievable goals and meeting them produces the neurotransmitter dopamine which elevates our mood.
“Remember Dopamine is released when we achieve a goal. Having only long term goals gets frustrating so set both long and short term goals. It can be as simple as cleaning your closet (not always simple) or trying a new recipe or even just completing this course. Dopamine is a feel good chemical that our body produces. When you take on a challenge, like the 3 minute workout and Happy weight loss course, you are starting a process in your brain called brain training or creating new pathways. According to Dr. Graziano Breuning working on a goal without fail for 45 days will train your brain to stimulate dopamine production in a new way. Jan Oliver Science of Happy Weight Loss”
“Your weight loss goals are just a smile away.”
STEP THREE: Smile. Last night I watched one of my favorite movies “Strictly Ballroom” The mother hides her disappointment by keeping her “happy face on.” I am in total agreement with her, and apparently some important PHd’s are too. Here is another excerpt from the Science of Happy Weight Loss Book
“A smile can not only transform your face it can save your life. Even if you’re not actually happy, activating the muscles associated with smiling can fool your brain into thinking you are. Lead researcher Sarah Pressman PhD of the University of Kansas explains, “It’s not just that our brains are happy and make us smile, it can also be the opposite — we feel the smile and become happy.” When the smile muscles are activated they send signals to the brain that you are smiling. From there, endorphins are released into the bloodstream from the pituitary gland and the brain and spinal cord from the hypothalamus. Endorphins are opiod (chemicals that bind to opiate receptors) peptides that act as neurotransmitters. Think of endorphins as the body’s natural painkillers, or opiates; they are released in times of stress (good and bad), exercise, excitement, pain, love, and other emotional states, and you feel awesome because of them. If you’ve ever smiled helplessly at a picture of a puppy or kitten, you’re feeling the effects of endorphins. These endorphins affect not only your state of mind, but also your heart rate.”
A friend of mine recently told me a story of a young man that was told to try a remedy for a certain ailment that affected his physical appearance devastatingly. He was told to do a certain thing everyday and it would improve. He began doing this remedy and kept it up faithfully and by the 15th day he began to see improvement, and by the end of the second month it was totally healed. My friend said, “What if he would have stopped after the 14th day?” He would have never seen the beginning of his healing. This is the mindset I will embrace and want you to as well. 3 minutes of exercise is so easy to do, the difficult part is just getting up out of your chair and doing it. Do it today and keep going everyday and you will see improvement in your energy level and happiness factor.
That is a start. It is my hope that this will reach the one person who is struggling today. If it is you. Take these easy to do steps and put them into play. They really work. Begin by simply smiling.
Peace begins with a smile..Mother Teresa