I woke up in such a funk the other day. Just foul. I didn’t even try to hide it from the family. It just followed me around like a dark cloud. On my way to the gym I heard Lil Duval’s song “Smile,” which usually just gets the standard head bob and chuckle. But as Uncle Snoop started his verse, I realized that I could take his advice. What is SO bad?
“You got a lot to be smilin for. So what the **** you be wylin for? If you breathin, you achievin”
The Cleveland Clinic has a page (here) discussing the benefits of smiling, saying it can
• Change your mood
• Be contagious
• Relieve stress
• Boost the immune system
• Lower blood pressure
• Release endorphins (the feel-good hormone)
• Help you stay positive
They add that even a forced smile carries benefits. We all have moments in which a smile is basically impossible, maybe even inappropriate. But if you’re just not feeling it one day, just feeling blah, crank up some tunes and SMILE. What’s the worst that could happen?