“A smile is happiness found right under your nose.”
I heard a really cute expression that I thought would be perfect to share for Thursday positivity. It goes “a smile is happiness found right under your nose.”
If you don’t think that smiling can change your life, try again. When you smile you can scientifically measure a spike of positive neurotransmitters in the brain. This means that your physiology is actually responsive to your body in a bottom-up kind of way. This is just another point of proof that mood follows action and motivation is created once you’ve already gotten yourself in motion.
But I think the more interesting interpretation of the quote is a metaphor. You’ve probably heard the saying “it was right under my nose” before. To summarize, it suggests that something was hiding in plain sight, that it was there all along, but for some reason you weren’t able to see it.
As this expression suggests, “happiness is found right under your nose”. Happiness has always been there and always will be. It's is not something you need to create, it’s something you must broaden your awareness to rediscover.
That’s why daily gratitude is such a powerful practice. It allows you to step back, assess your life, and uncover the happiness that has been hiding in plain sight the whole time. When you prompt yourself to think about the blessings you’re surrounded by, happiness starts to reveal itself. It takes the form of good memories, perspective shifts, and grand realizations. You’ll find you have so much to be proud of and so many successes to reflect on. It’s just a matter of seeing what’s already there, right under your nose, to start believing it.
So there are two takeaways here. First, smile more. You can control your state simply by pulling the corners of your lips closer to your ears. You've always had this and it can transform your experience instantaneously. Then second, you already have so much happiness stored up in your experiences that you can tap into. Your bliss is already there and you just need to claim it.
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