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Day 25 Half Smile

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Day 25: Half Smile

The communication between our facial expressions and our moods is a two-way street. We may experience an emotion and have a corresponding facial expression, we can also deliberately create a facial expression and send feedback to the brain that affect our moods.

Half Smile is one of the DBT skills whereby we deliberately show a genuine, semi-smile which will in turn have a positive effect on our mood. It’s just a slight, up-curling of the lips while the rest of the face relaxes.  It’s not forced or over-done.  The famous Mona Lisa portrait is a great example of the Half Smile.

The next time you are experiencing a sense of melancholy, try this to shift your mood.

Source(s):

Stop Sabotaging: A 31 Day DBT Challenge to Change Your Life

by Debbie Corso

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