I’ve been reading an eBook about motivating yourself for success today, and I came to a realization. I thought I understood the idea that if we act how we want to feel, we can create that feeling. For example, the advice to smile if you feel depressed and that the very act of smiling causes a chemical reaction in your brain causing you to feel better. But I really didn’t fully believe it I think. Reading the book made me start thinking about whether that works in my life, and I realized that it DOES work, and I do it on a daily basis.

I have a toddler. She is going to be two in March. Every morning she wakes up and every afternoon she takes a nap, and each time I go to get her out of her crib I leave whatever exhaustion I feel, or worry or any other negative emotion, outside her door and smile when I pick her up. That way, she is happy instead of cranky, and we both start off the day (or afternoon) in a good mood.

If I can do that with her, why wouldn’t I be able to do it in other circumstances too? I just need to learn to apply what I obviously already know how to do to other areas of my life. Funny how we can miss something so simple in our own lives.