Who can deny the general goodness that an authentic smile can bring? Smiling releases endorphins that reduce stress and help us feel better. Even faking a smile can lead to feeling happier. Below is a simple practice that will have you smiling from the inside out.
Step 1: Pause where you are and take a couple deep breaths.
Step 2: Now bring your awareness to your heart center and imagine yourself smiling inside. Perhaps you notice some warmth, or noticing the body reacting in a certain way, perhaps you feel a softening.
Step 3: Feel the smile spread to your eyes, across your face and throughout your body. Imagine every cell in your body smiling softly.
Step 4: Notice any sensations that arise and rest for a few moments in this smiling stillness.
Invite this awareness and curiosity into your day.