Actions speak loudest.
We all know that we grimace when we are in pain, we smile or laugh when we are happy or see something funny. But what happens if we smile for no reason or laugh just for the sake of it? Well this thought crossed our minds and we decided to check with Science on what it has to say about it. The answer we found was amazing! Our general conception that smiling is a result of being happy is not entirely complete. If we fake a smile for a certain amount of time it has the power to make us feel better, as our body stimulates and understands that we are happy. Awesome right! Well it doesn’t end here; we also found out that are many other actions that can help us achieve so many things if we practice them, like the ones below.
To feel confident: POWER POSE
Want an instant boost in confidence? Stand up straight and spread your arms above your head in a V shape and maintain the pose for a couple of minutes. This stance helps boost your confidence as you open up. It is also the signature pose for triumph.
To have more Willpower: TENSE UP
Tensing your muscles boosts your willpower. Next time you feel the need to avoid that cigarette or cream cake, make a fist, contract your biceps, press your thumb and first finger together, or grip a pen in your hand.
Postponing things a lot? MAKE A START
To overcome delaying things that you should be doing, act as if you are interested in what it is that you have to do. Spend just a few minutes carrying out the first part of whatever it is you are avoiding, and suddenly you will feel a strong need to complete the task.
Feeling Low: SMILE!
Smile and you will feel happier. Make the smile as wide as possible, extend your eyebrow muscles slightly upward, and hold the resulting expression for about 20 seconds and you will see that you actually start feeling happier.
Starting a diet? USE CHOPSTICKS TO EAT
By using chopsticks to eat food you are carrying out an unusual behavior. Because of which you place more attention on your action and do not simply consume food without thinking about it, and end up eating less.
Source : Psychologist James Laird, Clark University : Richard Wiseman, the Observer