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11 Tips to Put a Smile on Your Face in Less Than 10 Minutes

11 Tips to Put a Smile on Your Face in Less Than 10 Minutes

Let’s face it! Life will serve you plenty of reasons to be less than happy. But you know what? The time to take control and be a little happier has come!

It doesn’t matter what adversities you need to face. You only have one life, and you’d better make the most of it. The good news is that you can make yourself feel great very easily. Check out the tips below!

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How to Put a Smile on Your Face in Less Than 10 Minutes

  1. Listen to one of your favorite songs. Yes, the world will not crash if you take a few minutes to listen to a song you love. Sing along if there’s no danger to get thrown out of the window by angry colleagues.
  2. Think about someone who has had a major positive influence in your life. Close your eyes and allow yourself to be filled with inspiration and positive energy.
  3. Feel gratitude! Think about the reasons you have to feel grateful. A lot of things may go south, but you absolutely have a lot of reasons to be thankful.
  4. Cherish the sun! Have you noticed what a positive impact good weather has on our mood? It’s magic! So take advantage of this and when you feel down, check the window! Do you see a round and yellow smiling face gazing through? If yes, drop everything and enjoy the sun for 10 minutes.
  5. Call someone you love and tell them you love them. It can be anyone you love. I don’t think you need to spend too much time to think about who to call, do you?
  6. Drop any expectations you have in the world. We want things to go in a certain way, people to behave in the way we expect them to, and so on. Just put all these expectations aside and allow yourself to get rid of the pressure. For 10 minutes, you are allowed to immerse yourself into freedom and inner peace. And, by the way, since you’re there, you may decide to stay a bit more…
  7. Chocolate time. I realize a lot of people watch their calorie intake, and this tip may raise some eyebrows. To note, it is not something to do on a regular basis, but from time to time, just get your favorite chocolate and eat it with no remorse. Forget about carbs, fats, or calories and simply enjoy a sweet moment in time.
  8. Do something crazy. Do you always follow the rules? Well, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and do something crazy — something that you don’t usually do, but that you secretly want to do. Or at least plan it. Don’t worry, it will be our little secret.
  9. Lock the door, press play, and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Oh, yes! Let all the negative energy melt away. The walls need to see some crazy moves, so don’t be shy. You can put on your suit and attend that boring meeting afterwards. But now, it’s show time!
  10. Get out in the park, in a forest, or close your eyes and memorize the last time you went there. Allow nature to embrace you. Feel the inner peace… and smile!
  11. Run at full speed for 10 minutes. If you’re not in good shape, don’t try this, but do some other form of physical activity you are comfortable with. This releases endorphins, and you will feel better instantly.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. I kept the biggest tip for the end though: don’t look for reasons to smile outside, but inside yourself. Better yet, if you don’t find any, create them! It only takes a few minutes.

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Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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