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From time to time my blogs feature simple and useful tools for personal development and wellbeing. These tools do not replace medical advice and the author takes no responsibility for the use of these tools.
This self–help tool will bring a smile to your face as a reflection of your heart! It is so easy. When everything in your life is going well it is easy to smile. The challenge is to do it when you are not feeling good!
Here is a mirror exercise. Looking in the mirror smile and notice the changes in how you feel and look. Then frown and see what that looks like! Alternate smiling and frowning at yourself. Then when you are going about your day smile and then notice the people around you. I notice that when I smile while I wait in line whether for the checkout or at post office or in the airport etc and I smile the people around me may smile too. Have a go!
I am sure that you all know that the spoken word is not the only way we communicate. Have you noticed people who are unhappy tend to have stooped shoulders, look down and frown? Did you know that you use more muscles to frown than to smile! Body language studies took on a bad press when used by marketing companies to help increase sales by interpreting someone’s body language. Research by the founders of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a model of communication, discovered that by changing posture the actual physiology and mood of a depressed patient could be changed.
So here we go with the second exercise:
Sit quietly and comfortably and take a deep breath, yes one of those breaths right down into your belly! No holding your belly in, this is not a beauty contest! Close your eyes. Put your hand over your heart area in the middle to the left of your chest. Think of something that makes you smile and feel good, if you can’t think of anything then make it up! For example: a friend, baby animal, a film, a voice, a picture, playing a game…… Fill your mind with the thought and smile. Now picture it in your heart and breathe. Your ’intellectual mind’ will probably tell you this is stupid or crazy. That is fine, just humour the intellect and ask it to play along. Let the happy thought stay in your heart and feel a smile. (This tool is called ‘The Quick Coherence®Technique’)
You can extend this exercise with my adaptation and imagine your happy thought and feeling being carried around the whole body to every cell. The body is now bathed in the happy, smiling feeling. Bask in the feeling and smile for as long as you like! When you are ready bring your awareness back to the present moment and open your eyes and smile! This whole process may take as little as 2 minutes or as long as you like, depending on how much time you have to spare! Then notice how you feel during the rest of your day.
Well done for taking the time to read this blog! Just by reading the above exercise you have started to effect change in your physiology!
Thank you for bringing another smile to the world! If this resonates with you and you would like to learn more then contact me for a free, no obligation clarity call.