I found this article online the other day when I was searching for something completely unrelated to this topic.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I have never been the entertainer or someone that one would even consider ‘funny’. In reality, I don’t like a lot of attention and I usually stray away from anything that will put me in the spot light. Because of his I really look up to people who are outgoing and can make others laugh. I really enjoy being around those types of people, because really they make me happier!
In my sociology class back in college we studied about a term called ‘facial feedback’. It’s basically the idea that if you smile, your brain thinks you’re smiling because you are happy, and then it sends triggers to the rest of your body saying, “Yes! I am happy!” I wouldn’t consider this lying to myself... it’s more like ‘faking it until I make it’ or just staying positive, finding hope, and being optimistic. I know that happiness is contagious and laughing really is the best medicine. When we are happy and optimistic it sends messages to our brain helping us to become happier in our situation no matter what the situation may be.
Now, like I said before, I love to be around people who are positive and make others laugh because their positivity rubs off on me! When we are happy, that positive energy rubs off on those around us. This then creatives a positive and uplifting environment. Now why wouldn’t we want to live in an environment like that?
Even though I may not be the class clown or find it easy to put a smile on someone’s face, I can always strive to find ways to be happy and uplifting. And if I am able to lift someone’s spirit by doing so, then that’s totally worth it!
I want to create a happy, hopeful, uplifting environment for my kids to grow up in. I want them to then take this philosophy into the world and help others find happiness as well. This is just one simple way to make the world a better place. And really the most simplest ways can be the most powerful.