He suggested that old theories were incorrect. We don’t cry because we are sad, rather, we are sad because we cry. Likewise, I would suggest that we don’t smile because we are happy, but we are happy because we smile!
I want to suggest an experiment at work tomorrow. As you start your day, force a BIG SMILE! Hold that smile for about 30 seconds and analyze your feelings. As you smile, do you notice others around you following your example? Do you sense that everyone is feeling positive and happy?
Later in the day as you face an important task, lay out your work, sit up very straight, cross your arms in front of you, and look at your work with a look of determination. Does it make you feel stronger, more capable, and more willing to tackle the project?
At your next face-to-face meeting, sit forward on your seat, hands folded on the table, back straight and eyes forward with a determined expression on your face. Do you feel “Large and In Charge?”
Try this several times throughout the day. Create the emotion by first creating the behavior! Having a tough day? Try standing up and smiling as you answer the phone. I guarantee the conversation will be much more positive and enjoyable!
I call it “The Happiness Project!” Share it with your friends and co-workers and tell me how it worked out. It really is possible to create happiness!
Happy thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….
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