How to Naturally Smile More

The more you practice smiling, the more you'll want to do it throughout the day. The goal is to smile without it feeling forced. When you make smiling part of your everyday routine, you'll find that you start to react with a grin in more situations without even thinking about it.

Starting the day with a smile is a good way to train yourself to smile more during the rest of the day. A good smile will also put a positive spin on your morning and make you feel more like smiling at other times. Make sure that you continue smiling as the day goes on by picking a few "cues" that will remind you to smile. These can be experiences, words or phrases or even things you see. Whatever you choose, smile every time you encounter your "cue." It might feel strange at first, but the more you do it, the more natural the action will become.

As you begin to smile more each day, you'll find that there are many things to smile about besides those you chose as your cues. Consider each one of these moments as an opportunity to get more practice. If smiling still isn't a natural reaction for you, consider keeping a "smile journal." Write down things throughout the day that make you genuinely happy and note which ones elicit true smiles. At the end of the day, go back over your journal and look for patterns to help you recognize future situations where a smile is warranted.

Watching others who smile a lot can help you smile more as well. Take the time to talk with these "naturally smiley" people and get a feel for their personalities. Chances are they'll have upbeat attitudes that are contagious and can help you have more confidence as you work toward your goal of adding more smiles to your day.

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