Have you ever tried tricking yourself into thinking that something isn’t as bad as you think it is? Or something doesn’t look as bad as you think it does? I’ve shared before how I have over 30 photos in my phones camera roll of me looking at my eye to see how it looks. It was mostly me worrying if my eye was getting better or worst. I kept looking at my eye over and over again until my lazy eye disappeared.
As you can see my eye didn’t look too good. I constantly went to the mirror and took photos as if it would make a difference in the healing process or allow me to feel better about myself. One day I thought “maybe my eye looks bad because I always have a serious face when I take a photo. Maybe if I try smiling it won’t look as bad.’ So I plastered the most genuine smile I could muster and took the shot.
In the photo below, my lazy eye is still noticeable but at least I look approachable. It’s funny what smiling can do. Simply smiling can change someone’s demeanor. Smiling can communicate friendliness and openness which, for the most part, is something good. Sometimes communicating openness though can invite the wrong people too. Like smiling at a salesman at a shopping mall booth. You’re smile may allow him to think ‘someone I can persuade to buy this product.’
I’ve been told that smiling boost your mood. I’ve heard that if you start smiling even though you’re sad, it’ll change you re mood. When I heard that though, I thought of all the people who hide behind depression with a huge smile on their face so that can’t be true. I say smile when it’s telling the truth and not when you’re doing it for societal norms. Smiling makes a difference when you’re telling the truth.