You remember the book Irene bought for me last summer, right? No? Click HERE to see what I'm talking about. Anyway, here's the next exercise on the list:
Activity #5: Today I will smile- even when I don't feel like it.
So according to this pocket guide to happiness, smiling releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers. It also suggests adding positive thinking behind the smile because some quack who did a study at Wake Forest University told them: "Positive expectations produced about a 28 percent decrease in pain ratings- equal to a shot of morphine."
Say WORD?! A shot of morphine? So smiling + positive thinking is like having one of those little dials they give terminal patients at the hospital, you know, the ones that up their pain medication when it gets real bad? Wowwwww, learn something new everyday!
And I always thought those annoyingly positive people were just crazy; come to find their addicted to morphine! It makes so much sense now...
*smooches...happy to have found a cheap substitute for crack*
I was really feeling guilty about using my child support money to feed my drug addiction...now I can just smile real hard and get all the pain meds I want!