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Ideas to make your day even better than usual, how to feel happier and more upbeat

Eilidh Milnes
smiling child in his toy box

“An adult laughs on average 15 times a day… a young child an average of 400 times per day….Yield to the child within you.” Anonymous

Good Morning Gorgeous 

You're responsible for your attitudes and one of the most basic and most important things you do for your own self-image and self-belief is smile. Go ahead, smile at the this blog page right now! 

Take a few seconds…can you broaden that smile? Add a twinkle to your eyes and laugh out loud too?
Well done! How do you feel? Marginally better? The more often you do this the better you will feel. So logically, why not smile if it makes you feel good? 

What you must realise it that the expression you wear on your face is more important that the clothes you wear on your back. Your smile, or lack thereof, will leave a lasting impression. When you look in the mirror in the morning what do you see? What do you say to yourself? Do you see signs of aging, frown lines and a poor complexion? Or can you look in the mirror and say,  “Good Morning Gorgeous!” or “This day has got potential!” or “You’re a star act!” or something similar.

I do!

And you know I feel great every day. Why not try this simplest of techniques? I had a chance conversation with another coach. She said, “You know how it is Eilidh, when you’re having a really bad day…” I thought for a moment. I replied, “Mmm.”  What I was thinking was, I can have a horrid moment or two, but never a really bad DAY! 

Of course, sad things happen to me, death of a loved one or tragic circumstances, but I do not allow these to take over an entire day. I find something good and positive in every day of my life. I owe it to the people around me and to myself to have a protective shield around my positive attitude.

Seven day challenge!

I challenge you for the next seven days to speak kind words of encouragement to yourself and start from the get go. Print yourself a post-it note and put it on your bathroom mirror. This note is your uplifting morning greeting to yourself. “Good Morning Gorgeous!” and “Smile!” are great ways to start any day. Most of us want to stay younger looking for as long as possible. Frowning causes more wrinkles than smiling. “Smile more,” do I hear you say?
Research is now proving that people with good a good positive attitude and who smile and laugh a lot; also live longer what more do I need to add? Perhaps you feel I am stating the obvious… I would argue that from the number of glum faces I see every day in companies and car parks that is it obvious that many people are either ignorant or ignoring these basic facts.

Last night on BBC Radio 2, Sir Richard Branson was promoting his new book; "The Virgin Way - How to Listen, Laugh, Learn and Lead". He gave a snapshot of his successful business outlook. It focuses on the positive impact leaders can make. It was hugely encouraging to hear this intergalactic entrepreneur endorse positive mental attitude. 

Life's not a dress rehearsal

Life is short, Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love Truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile".   
When you smile the world smiles with you…” Just do it!

I often open a conference or training session with my ‘Good Morning’ story. Perhaps you have heard me speak and been involved in this fun ice-breaker activity with me? It targets the personality features of self-image and self-belief. I ask my delegates to say positive statements to each other. It is amazing how many of them find it difficult or alien to smile and say something like, ‘Hello Gorgeous’ to themselves as they start each day. 

Think out of YOUR box, SMILE! 

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