Not again! WTF, I just came back from an amazing weekend in NYC, made some amazing friendships with an incredible group of entrepreneurs. Why was this happening to me? Again.
So with the little resolve I had left, while on the way in to the office, I decided to do something about it. Something simple, something easy, just something.
So I put on a big smile. Until it hurt. Literally.
It wasn't easy - it was so incongruous with how I was feeling inside.
Nothing happened at first, although I did notice some people looking at me strangely ('why the shit-eating grin?'). I also noticed that there were very few other people smiling. Actually, most people in the streets had a scowl or worried look on their face. So I'm not the only one, I thought... I also connected with a few other smilers - wow, there are people out there who just smile!
By mid-morning, the smile thing started to take hold. I noticed a lightening of the weight on my shoulders, a softening of the pit in my gut, an easing of my heart. My mind started clearing up, I jotted down the things I needed to get done for the day, and started cranking away. I felt energized. And good things started happening.
Don't know how much there is to this, but I know this feels solidly true to me: the mind follows the body. So sometimes, it might just be okay to lie to yourself a little bit - I mean, tell your body to lie to you. Yeah, just fake it, and see how it feels. Good things might just happen.
Update: so it turns out there is science behind the smiling thing => check out this article. Thanks +Elizabeth Hunter for sharing.