Faking Happiness May Best Choice
It can be really hard to pull yourself out of that funk you’ve been in for a while. You try to tell yourself it’s nothing, that you have no reason to be sad, but soon the negativity creeps back. Nothing seems happy anymore: the sky seems perpetually dim, everything you do has an ounce of melancholy. No person can seem to snap you out of it, not even your best friend, your significant other, your parents. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn
- What’s the answer?
Let’s face it: you’re a little bit depressed.
- So what should you do?
This is going to sound crazy, but honestly one of the best secrets to making yourself happy again is to actually fake your own feeling. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: this is crazy! How in the world can I even pretend to feel something different, and even if I do, what in the world will that do for me? How will that help me pull myself out of this funk?
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Actually, you’d be surprised how much your emotional state will make you feel uplifted. Studies show that the more you smile, even if you’re feeling down, the happier you will become. You can actually trick your brain into feeling happy again. Through muscle memory in your mouth and face, your brain begins to connect smiling. This starts to become a habit, and the more you smile the better you begin to feel.
You can think beyond your own sadness. It jumpstarts your brain to thinking about why you’re smiling, and you will begin to discover reasons to actually feel happy. You will start to feel a little better, the world will start to seem a little brighter, and life won’t feel as bad after all.
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Your smile is one of the best ways to pull yourself out. You will notice other people smiling back at you, and that will also feel good. You’ll begin to wonder why you were even sad in the first place!
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So don’t wait. More than anything else, this is the my personal secret to getting over teenage depression. Start by smiling at yourself every morning in the mirror. And then smile at 2 people per day, and then slowly expand that number. Slowly, the happiness will infiltrate your life again.