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“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” -Confucius

Smile more.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about men telling women to smile.  It’s about you pumping yourself up and believing in yourself.  As facial expressions are the universal language, many scientists have spent their lives researching the power of a smile.  We all know a good smile can calm a tense situation, make a new friend, or get you an amazing commercial headshot. But smiling has been proven to also boost your mood, decrease stress, and help your immune system. So, smile for yourself, for your career.

Science shows that simply forcing yourself to smile raises your dopamine and serotonin levels, making you feel happier. We’ve got a built-in mood booster!  So when life gets to you, literally turn that frown upside down.  But don’t just smile on your face.  Try and smile in your mind. Use that dopamine to remind yourself how amazing you are, how far you’ve come, and how much further you can go.

It’s easy to be a pessimist, to find all the mistakes, to search for disappointment. It’s harder to be kind to yourself and have faith in your abilities. We must not become complacent with the negatives. We must strive for what’s difficult. Like a smile, positivity is infectious. I think you’ll find your newly found, optimistic attitude will lead to more opportunities and accomplishments, both professionally and personally.

I know sometimes it’s hard to push through the bad day. Sometimes you need to cry and wallow. That’s fine. But then, you need to pull yourself up. Fake it till you make it! You’re an actor. You have the power to tell a story, become someone else.  Consider using this power to keep yourself positive. Reverse the narrative. Find the silver lining. As science proves, even a false smile can slowly grow into a real one.

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