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Smile Therapy...anyone can do it!

Research has shown that when you smile, your brain assumes you must be happy. The following exercise can be a good way to start the day, especially if you tend towards depression: Set the alarm on your computer calendar (PDA, iPod, alarm clock etc.) to give an alarm each morning.When the alarm goes off, snooze it for one minute.Practice the following simple meditation (preferably with eyes closed): - Tilt your head back and look up into the sky or at the ceiling - Smile the goofiest smile you can and keep it up for the full minute - Feel free to try different smiles: mouth open or closed, a subtle hint of a smile, exaggerated smile, big and soulful, eyes crinkling, or just mentally imagine smiling. When the alarm goes off again, continue with your day.Also, practice this smile therapy whenever you are down or are having a bad moment.Your brain will assume you are happy when you smile like this and release dopamine. Dopamine is a natural narcotic that our bodies cr…