I was lying in bed the other night…trying to fall asleep but thinking. That’s frustrating, because I think about stuff I can’t do anything about which then leads to worrying. When we worry, it’s not a loving thing. It’s just an indication that we don’t truly trust God with our life or someone else’s.
I was fighting my thoughts. It was like an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), full on, in the cage, fight club in my head and then I just said out loud to myself…Yes, I talk to myself…I said, STOP IT!
But how do I stop? Thoughts are going to come. We can’t control them coming but we can control which ones we pursue so I just lay there and smiled. I took the corners of my mouth and pushed them up with my finger tips.
That simple action started something. My stomach relaxed and I took a deep breath automatically. I actually felt lighter in my mind. I was able to chuckle at myself and then the smile was real. Once it got started, it was easier to hold and soon I was able to reach for a happy thought to replace the negative ones that had left the building.
If we are unable to find God’s goodness in a moment and are stuck in a pity party or the worrying game, then we must begin the practice of intentionally smiling. By becoming what we are looking for, we can guarantee that it will show up in our life. If we constantly focus on the chaos, and negativity then THAT is what is going to be predominant, right?
Smiles are the first step to shifting our thoughts to HAPPY. Smiles also physically create happiness by raising the levels of serotonin and releasing endorphins (happiness hormones), so give it a try. Turn that frown upside down…