US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 – 1910)
When you are feeling down and in need of encouragement it is important to know how to lift yourself back up. Try one or all five of the below tips to create your smiles today.
Acknowledge Your Strengths. You have an arsenal of strengths, qualities, and capabilities that are unique to you. These are your tools in life. This combination of tools makes you unlike any other. These are what people hire you for, why people seek your companionship, and what you are admired for. Take 5 minutes to write down 5 of your strengths and compliment yourself for developing such a great arsenal of life tools.
Go to Your Smile Log. Part of the 100 Smile Challenge is to create a list, photo album, or collage of what makes you smile. I keep a photo album on Facebook of the things, people, ideas, memories, and places that make me smile. I add to it whenever I think of something to add. If you do not have a smile log, please create one today so when you are down you can go to your smile log for a reminder of the things that make you smile.
Get Grateful. The quickest way out of a funk is to be grateful. Even when a situation has not worked out as you wanted there are blessings there to be counted and gratitude to be acknowledged. Count your blessings, thank God for the air you are breathing, and find the perspective of gratitude for all life’s blessings and lessons.
Attract. I believe what we focus on we attract into our lives. If you focus on the negative you will find negative all around you. If you set a positive intention, put positive energy into it, and take inspired action you will attract the positive result you seek.
Care for Wonderful YOU. My favorite way to compliment myself is to take care of myself. When I am emotionally drained I get a massage and energy work performed by a gifted therapist. Bodywork should always include caring touch. That caring touch is a lifter of spirits, giver of energy, and cleanser of mental clutter. If you need a pick-me-up make an appointment for a massage, pedicure, haircut, or something else that involves caring for you.
Today’s Smile Igniter: We all have times when we are alone and need to pick ourselves back up. Give a few of these suggestions a try, then record what works best for you into your smile log.