Category Archives: Perimenopause & Menopause

The Power of a Smile!

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

The power of a smile!

Okay Beautiful Blossoms … let’s not complicate this one.  A smile is POWERFUL!  It is an instant pick-me-up!  Even if you fake it, a smile will do good things to your body!!!

Aaaaaaaaand … if you Share Your Smile With Someone Else … now you both feel better!

It’s chemical, people!  We have Happy Hormones!

You smile; your facial muscles move; your brain gets triggered; feel good chemicals get released; and voila … instant mood lifter!!!!

So what are you waiting for?

Are you smiling right now?  Why not?  … You could be … !!!

(brace yourself for excited, meaningful silliness!)

Maybe you’re unfamiliar … Lemme show you what a smile looks like …

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

You’ll note the upturned corners of my mouth … my teeth beaming … my cheeks rounded and up … it’s as though my lips are stretching to meet my ears.

And you know what???  It's … like … natural!!!!  Can you believe it?!  We, like, are biologically/psychologically *gifted* with this tiny tool of AWESOMENESS!

You smile, you feel better!  Easy peasy!

What’s not to love?

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

A heartfelt moment to be seriously serious.

I’m actually totally serious above, even if a bit silly.  But as a blossom challenged by perimenopausal hormone shifts, fluctuating hormone turbulence, and a state of ever depleting estrogen and progesterone levels, I get these horrible, terrible, life-crashing, grief-striking bouts of sobbing tears accompanied by incomprehensible bereft feelings that clench my stomach and make eyes leak like rivers.

These moments totally suck!!!

So … for my beautiful blossom who suffer depression, anxiety (I have that, too, and I know how bad anxiety bites the biggy, too.), etc, … if you’ve got a regular case of the “sads” or “scaredy cats,” I just want you to know … I’ve tried with every PINK molecule and energy light in my body to smile in these sobbing moments, and I’m usually NOT successful.

It’s hard!  Hormones (Girl-Moans) can be a challenge! 

The truth, I’ve found, is that in those acute moments, sometimes we've just got to ride the ginormous wave of suckitude (may the light, love, and kindness of the universe and positive energy help the these moments pass quickly for us all).

In these acute moments, sometimes we have to give ourselves the necessary time to process the moment.

THEN, as soon as we can, we can smile to help continue our upward journey take us upward faster and happier!

And might I also just add … if you are a blossom with clinical depression and/or anxiety, please keep seeing your therapist, doing your therapy in all its many forms, and please keep healing!  Smile when you can, cuz it really does help!  And know we are here for you in the biggest loving, hugging way possible!!!  Holding you on your journey and helping you get to the other side of your challenge!

Know that you are always welcome here!  Know that I am hugging you so big!  And with so much love!

I really hope my smiles, hugs, and loves, in all their forms can bring joy into your day and life, and help to brighten your spirits!

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

Quick Highlights Benefits of Smiling

  • Studies have shown the simple act of smiling is the fastest way to perk you up and brighten your day. Even if you “make yourself” smile … it still releases your brainz happy juices!
  • Stress reducer
  • Immune system booster (makes you healthier)
  • Pain reducer
  • Lowers your BP
  • In short … a true kindness to you!!!!
  • And ... it's a kindness that can be shared for free!!!!

What can you do right now to help you smile?

As you likely know, I've got lots of Smile Tools in my tool kit!

  • I doodle!
  • I host Create and Share Parties (more on this to come!)!
  • I chat with friends and loved ones!
  • I give gratitude for the goodness in my life!
  • I spend mindful moments just breathing and taking in the nature around me!
  • I yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga, and more yoga!
  • I slurp (yep, I actually slurp as necessary!) on fruit smoothies!
  • I watch the creatures being all creature-y in Bog-landia behind my Starry Cottage lil home!
  • I hug my honeybun!
  • I watch funny/happy/uplifting movies/videos!
  • I tell jokes!
  • I write funny stuff!
  • I read funny stuff!
  • Uh, I'll just up and start smiling ... just to be smiling!
  • I silly dance around in my Starry Cottage!
  • ... just to name a few ...

What makes you smile?

I encourage you to make tool kit of smile-inducers!  And you can start right now by listing off 3 things you can do to smile!  (Like go back up and see me smiling at you!  Or check out my awesomely fun "doodle Gogh!")

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

Be the smile in your day!  Be the smile in someone else's day, too!

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Well, Beautiful Blossoms!   I have loved spending this happy, loving time with you and creating these very special "doodle Gogh" arts for you!  I hope I have brought fun, silliness, smiles, and love and big hugs into your day today!

You are so very precious!

Thank you for sharing this time with me!

Super Muah!

The Power of a smile. Van Gogh Starry Night. Mary Kate Kopec. Love and Big Hugs!

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