How our faces change
The thoughts that you are thinking today create the face you will have in the future. Next time you are out and about notice people’s facial expression. Their facial expressions are a physical representation of their thoughts. Do they look Happy? Angry? Sad? Worried? The thoughts and resulting emotions that they have most often are shaping their future faces. When people are chronically thinking negative thoughts, it shows on their face. It’s no wonder the beauty industry is such a huge money maker!
Test it out for yourself
Try this experiment:
Stand in front of a mirror.
Make your most intense angry face and hold it for a count of ten. While you are holding it check in with how your body feels. Does it feel tense, tight? This is the face that is being formed over time with chronic negative thoughts. Now relax your face.
Make your most intense happy face and hold it for a count of ten. While you are holding it check in with how your body feels. Does it feel relaxed, soft? This is the face that is being formed over time with chronic positive thoughts. Now relax your face.
This simple exercise demonstrates how powerful your thoughts are over time; even the sub conscious ones. In addition, negative thoughts release stress hormones into the body (cortisol – adrenaline), whereas positive thoughts release feel good hormones into the body (serotonin – dopamine).
A quick and powerful mood changer
So, try this practice next time you feel upset. Sit quietly, close your eyes and smile big. Now take 15 very slow full breaths (inhale/exhale through your nose only) and then slowly open your eyes. Did you notice the feel-good hormones coming in? It only takes 60 seconds for your body’s chemical reaction to shift to match your expression… 60 SECONDS!
Now, go out into the world and shine your BIGGEST SMILE! And by the way, smiles are CONTAGIOUS!
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