At the beginning of every week in 2013 I’ll be sharing a different way to get happy for FREE. Being happy doesn’t cost anything except your decision to try. I show you how I got happy that week and hope to inspire you to do the same. Join my Get Happy for FREE challenge, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot of smiles to gain!
Being happy doesn’t cost anything, except your conscious choice to try. Happy is not tied up in money or things. It’s in relationships, experiences and emotions.
If you can trick your brain into thinking you’re happy, guess what, you’ll be the happiest one around!
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.- Thich Nhat Hanh
This week’s challenge may be my most favorite yet, we are going to SMILE!
We often hear the advice to smile. Even if we don’t feel like smiling on the inside, just forcing a smile can create positive feelings.
In 1989 a psychologist by the name of Robert Zajnoc proved the theory that smiling causes positive emotion. He made his subjects pronounce vowel sounds that forced them to smile, such as saying ‘e.’ According to his research, the facial changes involved in smiling have direct effects on certain brain activities associated with happiness.
What does this mean for us? Fake and force your way to smile at everyone and everything you can this week. We have the power to control our happy meter!
Is someone giving you the stare down? Smile! Is your child having their third meltdown and it’s only 10 am? Smile!
I headed to our local Farmer’s Market this past weekend to get this week’s challenge started right. Farmer’s Market has some of the happiest people I’ve ever seen. Everyone there, from the vendors to the patrons all have one thing in common, they smile A LOT!
Maybe it’s clean eating, maybe it’s pride in their farms and home baked goods, whatever the reason, I wanted to go there.
We are going to smile.
I wanted to start my week smiling big so off I went to Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market.
I was immediately drawn to the Heron Pond Farm stand. The nice folks had big smiles ready to welcome everyone.
I could not leave without picking up some onions! They were just the perfect size.
Upstairs I was greeted by Seta and and Dan’s smiling faces. Seta makes, hands down, the best grape leaves I have ever tasted,(please don’t tell my mother-in-law.) Dan makes organic sourdough bread in his brick oven at home. I would smile too with all that good food around!
Yes, I did take a loaf home with me. Do you see Seta still smiling?
I smiled when I saw this! All I could think of was..Orange Carrot Ginger Juice!
This was a great start to get the smile challenge started. Try your best to smile as much as you can this week! And in the words of my friend and author of Return on Relationship, Ted Rubin,“Give away a smile and it comes right back to you!”
JOIN THE CHALLENGE AND WIN A $5 AMAZON CODE!
- SMILE as much as you can and then come back and tell me about it in the comments by 2/23 11:59 p.m. EST.
- I will pick one winner via random.org from all eligible comments. I’ll announce the next $5 Amazon Code winner in my weekly email that goes out every Sunday. Make sure you are a subscriber or you won’t know you won!
- If you win and are a blogger or want a link to your site or Instagram account mentioned in the newsletter be sure to snap a pic that represents this week’s challenge!
- Tag me on Facebook OR on Instagram with the pic!
- This giveaway is sponsored by me alone. I just enjoy motivating you to get happy!
Other posts in the 52 Ways to Get Happy for FREE Series:
- Week 1: Focus on Relationships
- Week 2: Go Somewhere New
- Week 3: Try a New Food
- Week 4: Spend Time Alone
- Week 5: Write to Someone
- Week 6: Smile
- Week 7: Take a Walk