Posted by Kelli Joan Bennett
Day 336: Good morning, creators! What is everyone creating today? Health? Peace? Love? Kindness? A fun weekend? An event? A rewrite? Let’s make a pact to only create positive energy, thought, action and deed today. Are you with me? Come on! Turn that frown upside down! Grumpy? Bitter? Tired? Don’t grumble and stop reading. Act “as if.” It’s one of my favorite Meisner acting techniques to get you where you want to go. I won’t go into too much detail but the goal is to think of a real or imagined event that creates the emotion you want to be feeling in that particular scene…or in our case, throughout our day. Think about the happiest moment of your life. Get to that feeling place. Then go about doing the dishes happily.
To simplify, you can always just act as if you’re happy, fulfilled, feeling love, satisfied, or excited and after awhile, you really will be. According to Scientific American’s article, “Smile! It Could Make You Happier,” a study done on Botox recipients who had received frown inhibiting injections, reported feeling happier and less anxious in general than people who could frown. A case for Botox? I think so! “It would appear that the way we feel emotions isn’t just restricted to our brain—there are parts of our bodies that help and reinforce the feelings we’re having,” says Michael Lewis, a co-author of the study. “It’s like a feedback loop.”
The article goes on to talk about another study where people were asked to make either unhappy, neutral or relaxed faces during an unpleasant procedure. Those who frowned reported being in more pain than the other two groups. Fascinating! I don’t know about you, but I’m smiling right now, missing tooth and all. Let’s do this day happy!
Until tomorrow, create from what you have…a smile.