Smiling is the best thing you can do for your face. No lotion, cream, or soap can do what a smile can. When I was in my early 20’s, I had a really bad bout of depression. I dropped out of school, I basically dropped out of life. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose, to say the future looked dim, would be an extreme understatement. I didn’t feel like I had any options. None. So, in my mind the only option left was suicide. (Spoiler Alert! I didn’t do it.) I plotted out how I was going to end my life. Too many nights were filled with tears and there were no smiles.
Luckily, something happen to change my focus. For whatever reason, I asked myself a question. That question was: How would my parents feel if I went through with it?
That was the most powerful question I ever asked. So powerful, that it saved my life. I knew that I couldn’t put my parents through that type of pain. Just because I decided to live, didn’t mean that I was cured of my depression. So, what did I do?I made happiness a quest. I read books and listened to motivational cd’s. I came across a study that was done awhile back. Basically, they had super depressed people sit in front of a mirror and smile for 30 minutes a day. Those people that smiled for 30 minutes a day felt better than those that didn’t. For the last 18 years, whenever I see a mirror, I smile. It is a constant remember that I can choose my attitude each day.
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