This article is part of a series known as #30DaysOfThanks.


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“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
Marilyn Monroe

Everyone has those days where you just feel off. Nothing major has happened, nothing has really gone wrong. Yet you can’t shake the crummy mood and have a hard time smiling – let alone feel social.

Well fear not my friends, that is completely normal. As much as we like to have a tough exterior and we all not it isn’t easy.  Even if something has gone wrong, it can be hard to keep up the act when it goes against your natural feelings.

This was a lesson that I learned very early on in my life. I have always tried my best to keep a smile on my face, no matter what is happening or going on around me. Have you ever heard of the saying “fake it till you make it”? Well, that quote actually has a lot of truth to it.

Most of it derives from the idea of always being positive. Allowing yourself to consistently think in a positive light is not only great for your emotional and mental state, but it hangs on like a habit if you do it long enough. It’s a state of mind that can be learned through practice. 

Here are a few ways to always keep smiling and stay positive:

1. Smile – Okay, I swear this isn’t a joke. The number one way to smile when you don’t want to, is to suck it up and smile anyway. You may think I’m crazy, but like I said before, it’s a habit just like brushing your teeth.

It’s a state of mind that you can practice and work on. Eventually, smiling will start to rub off on your attitude and those around you as well.

2. Change the tone of your thoughts – Whenever you come across a problem in your life, do you automatically think of all the things that could go wrong? Well, unfortunately those are the negative thoughts that you should try and get rid of.

For example, if you get a low score on a test, do you automatically think about how it will ruin your GPA or how your parents will react when they find out? Instead of thinking that, try to shift your focus and think about how you can adjust your study skills to kill the quiz next time, or how this give you an opportunity to reorganize your notes and get back on track.

Once you start thinking that way, it will impact other parts of your life for the better as well. Because more opportunities and good things come out of thinking positively instead of negatively.

3. Help other people – Everyone has experienced how it feels to help someone in need. Whether it be a friend who is struggling at school, or volunteering at your local food bank. Helping others brings us back down to the ground gives us a sense of community and gratefulness which cannot be bought.

It can open you mind when it may seem foggy and it can allow your heart to see things in a different light. Believe me, there is no feeling like it.

You can’t help but smile and see the positives elements that you might miss in everyday life. In the article, Giving Back: The Act of Kindness, I go over how it feels to give back and share your kindness with others. 

4. Surround yourself with good influences and positive ideas – There is a saying by Jim Rohn that says “You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.” This quote couldn’t be any more true, when you hang around people a lot, their tendencies and way of carrying themselves starts to rub off on you before you even know it’s happening.

Hence, you hang around negative people, you will soon be negative yourself. So, make sure you surround yourself with positive people that will make a strong impact in your life.

Overall, smiling 24 hours a day might be tough, but it will make life seem a lot easier and will allow you to be your true self. It opens the door to the best parts of life! So, go ahead and make a pact to smile more, you won’t regret it, I promise!


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