Community//

Smile Like an Optimist

Some people are born optimists. The rest of us need to work on it!

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
What makes you Optimistic?
What makes you Optimistic?

Is happiness the underpinning of optimism or is optimism an underpinning of happiness?  It doesn’t matter – we know happier people tend to be more optimistic.  And we know, optimistic people tend to be happier.

Just smile.  Smile at other people.  Smile at yourself in the mirror.  If necessary, fake it till you make it.

Never underestimate the power of a smile.  We know that smiling stimulates brain patterns which reinforce feelings of happiness and optimism.

As Dr David Topor wrote, “A psychotherapy technique to cope with sad feelings is to practice smiling for a few minutes each day. If a full smile is not possible, a half-smile works as well. Notice any impact on your thoughts, mood, and level of optimism.”

As powerfully, Ros Ben-Moshe,  author of “Laughing at Cancer – How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness” told me, “Optimism can be found in a heartfelt smile that spreads from one face to another.”

Read more Habits of Optimism at The Centre for Optimism

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

Yes, Optimism Can Make You Happier — but It’s All About How You Use It

by Haley Barrows
Tifonimages/ Getty Images
Well-Being//

This Is Why You Should Embrace Optimism

by Snowden McFall
Community//

The Optimism of Easter

by Victor Perton

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.