Smiles are contagious! Smiling provides benefits not only to your mood but your overall health as well. The good news is that smiling can become a habit we learn through practice.
Time to share the next chapter of my journey with Scleroderma, that time when I actually got sicker with optimism... I believe that being optimistic is a choice, and it can be made stronger when tempered by reality.
At first blush International Day of Happiness, for the unhappy, might seem a trite and weak attempt to impose an imperative of worldwide happiness, but when you do a little research and thinking on the topic, it may be the all-important push it takes for those who wish it to make a change for happiness. Dalai Lama XIV points out that happiness (like optimism) isn't given to you, it comes from your own actions.
You can be optimistic even when you feel irritable or unhappy. Optimism isn't the recipe for happiness, but it is an ingredient