I had to have a difficult conversation this week. Delivering the bad news was emotionally draining, and I carried the weight of the interaction with me as I walked into the rest of my day. The world, however, kept spinning, and I needed to move along with it. I had a full day of classes to teach and work to do, so I did the only thing I could: I took a deep breath and put on a smile.
As I went through my day, my smile became less forced and more sincere. I helped a client achieve a new pose for the first time. I encouraged a friend facing a challenge. And you better believe I hugged my sweet baby girl when I returned home. The sadness of the morning didn't completely disappear, but each of these interactions strengthened my resolve and reminded me of the joy in my life.
When life's melancholy moments creep up, can you put on a smile? It may be the tool you need to brighten someone's day - and it might improve your perspective along the way.