When we do not feel like smiling

Sometimes we do not feel like smiling.

forcing a smile

Forcing a smile

Have you ever been too anxious or too depressed to be able to smile.

Forcing ourselves to smile several times a day reduces anxiety and depression.

Leaving a pen between your teeth is said to be more effective than antidepressants. It is a lot cheaper and no horrible side-effects!

About Roger A Smith
Helping you to think about bipolar disorder in different ways so that we can eliminate the disorder and eventually eliminate the need for this diagnosis.

2 Responses to When we do not feel like smiling

  1. bizziebee says:

    I remember well being told to do this as I looked particularly depressed that day. It did’nt work at the time;maybe I should have persevered!


    • Roger Smith says:

      Yes, It is worth persevering with this. I use this technique occasionally for anxiety – e.g. if travelling somewhere new to meet people I have never met before. I find it works in less than 5 minutes, although I have met people who say they have to leave the pen in the mouth for a long time, which causes them to drool. They say it works though, although drooling in company never seems quite right 🙂 so maybe that is best done at home. Give the pen thing another try.


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