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Smile Like an Optimist

Is happiness the underpinning of optimism or is optimism an underpinning of happiness?  It doesn’t matter - we know happier people tend to be more optimistic.  And we know, optimistic people tend to be happier.

By Victor Perton

Smile!  Smile at other people.  Smile at yourself in the mirror. 

Is happiness the underpinning of optimism or is optimism an underpinning of happiness?  It doesn’t matter - we know happier people tend to be more optimistic. And we know, optimistic people tend to be happier.

Never underestimate the power of a smile.  We know that smiling stimulates brain patterns which reinforce feelings of happiness and optimism. Smiling does so in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.

In short: our brain feels good and tells us to smile: we then smile: this then tells our brain it feels good and the cycle goes on!

Are you smiling now? Have you smiled at anyone today?

Some easy steps to smile more:

  1. Smile the moment you wake up
  2. Remind yourself in the morning that you are going to smile more today
  3. Think about a situation or event that brings you joy
  4. Practice smiling in the mirror
  5. Smile at everyone you see
  6. Become comfortable with smiling and recognise the benefits that smiling brings you

Just smile.   If necessary, fake it till you make it!

As Dr David Topor wrote, “A psychotherapy technique to cope with sad feelings is to practice smiling for a few minutes each day. If a full smile is not possible, a half-smile works as well. Notice any impact on your thoughts, mood, and level of optimism.”

As powerfully, Ros Ben-Moshe,  author of “Laughing at Cancer - How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness" told me, “Optimism can be found in a heartfelt smile that spreads from one face to another."



Keith Kefgen

“What makes me optimistic is my inherent belief in the goodness of people. I know there is a lot of bad stuff around us, but it only takes one act of kindness or a simple smile to reassure me that everything is going to be all right.”

Myl Duffy, La Trobe University Bendigo Campus

"What makes me optimistic?  Knowing I can take action and make changes however small to make things better. Not in a grandiose world conquering way, but in everyday life and work for the people I encounter, even in circumstances where the most I can contribute is a smile or a word of encouragement."

Voices of Bendigo Optimism


Pascal Schneider

"Optimism comes from the innermost me. Small things make me optimistic: Someone's smile.  A 'thank you.' A 'we can do it.' We just have to see and to listen carefully."


Melanie GentgallCEO and Company Secretary  of PRAXIS Australia Ltd

"It's not always easy to stay optimistic, especially in the world of startups where the highs are high and the lows can be so incredibly challenging. I'm a true believer in being authentic. So I think it's ok to show your vulnerability at times and show how through optimism you can bounce back from the lows to reach the next high. But when things get tough, I put on my biggest smile, a lilt in my voice and head out into the world. It's amazing how your approach to the day can determine its outcome. Start in the way you plan to finish."

 Eric Tjoeng, CEO and Business Stategist

"Simply waking up in the morning and feeling healthy and alive is a blessing from God. Knowing from experience that there is a solution to every problem gives me optimism and helps me smile brightly."

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