We feel the way we act. This is a paraphrase from self help writer Gretchen Rubin.
Both ideas are logical:
We act the way the feel. (obvious, duh!)
We feel the way we act. (not so obvious, but just as true.)
Conclusion: It’s all about action. Action controls mood. A fake laugh soon turns into a real laugh. A frown soon turns into a sour mood. Act happy. “Oh but I’m not happy! I can’t act happy when I’m not happy.” Right, the “brake” that prevents good-for-you acts, is real. It takes happiness to makes happiness. Just like it takes money to make money. No happiness to start out with no acts that make you happy as you go on. Do it anyway! As far as I see, just do it! “Oh, but I don’t want to go out!” Do it anyway! “Oh but I don’t want to jog” Do it anyway! “Oh, but I don’t want to shop.” Do it anyway! “Oh but I don’t want to smile.” Do it anyway! We feel well when when act well, or when we act period.
On another note, for those of you who know that I am self published author [amazon page], I’d like to let you know that my new episode of my Simpsons fanfiction series is coming out soon, next week. The next episode, episode 3 is called The Simpsons: Homer Disappears. It is a mystery. Check it out soon, I’m sure you will like it.