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Friday, June 5, 2015

Fake It 'Til You Make It


Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

Repeat anything often enough
and it will start to become you.
- Tom Hopkins

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh


Inner Smile Exercise:
1. Close your eyes.
2. Breath slowly, deeply, and consciously.
3. Set the corners of your mouth in just the slightest smile.
4. Visualize your smile growing larger and larger, and your happiness increasing.

A smile that begins as an effort and a pretense
quickly grows to become genuine,
and given time, a habit of happiness.

Although it is always better to live with conviction and enthusiasm,
some days it is better just to go through the motions than to do nothing.
Smile even when you feel grumpy.
Meditate or Pray even when you have nothing to say to God.
Cook a healthy meal even when you are tired.
Walk or exercise even when the thought doesn't excite you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Tending the Garden of Our Lives

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life

Practice makes perfect - sometimes

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy 

Overcome Being Negative

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