Day 2: Smile
Welcome to day two! Today, all I want you to do is smile.
When we smile, we trick our brains into thinking we're happy and force it to release the same emotions in our bodies as if we actually were. For starters, smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that help to fight off stress. The neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when you smile, which relaxes your body and also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. And that’s not all: smiling makes you appear more attractive and approachable—which can impact how others relate to you, and also improves your creativity and productivity.
So the exercise for today is to smile for absolutely no reason. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile the people you encounter on the way to work. Smile at your barista. It might feel fake at first, but as the day progresses, you’ll get into it. And the benefits of that forced smile are just the same!
To keep yourself accountable, set reminders in your phone that go off every few hours that trigger you to practice this challenge.
Be sure to check your email tomorrow to submit your response to today's challenge and get instant access to the next one.