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Do you find time to smile? (super easy 4-step exercise)

Do you find time to smile

Do you find time to smile?

When was the last time you smiled spontaneously?

Seriously. Can you remember the last time you smiled? Or did something just because it made you smile?

If you’re thinking hard, trying to recall, it is time to find time to smile!

I’ve got a short 4-step exercise for you.

The aim of this exercise is to help you find room in your hectic schedule for tiny but powerful doses of bliss.

Did you find time to smile today

 

4-step exercise to find time to smile

Step 1

This is the first step to find time to smile.

Map a typical day.

Draw a circle and make a pie chart to represent how you spend your 24 hours on any given day.

For example: if you sleep 8 hours (good for you!) draw a slice that takes up one-third of the circle.

How much time do you spend on other things? Add whatever you like. Examples are:

  • Work
  • Household chores
  • Cooking
  • Exercise

Just an approximate value will do.

Mark them all on the circle as slices.

Done?

Okay! Next step now.

Step 2

Make a list of what you love, enjoy doing.  No need to think too hard. Finish the following sentences with a different activity. And write down the first answer that comes to mind as usually this is the best answer.

I could blow an entire rainy afternoon ______________________________________

When I was a kid, I used to love ____________________________________________

I’ve always wanted to become really good at _________________________________

If I could do one thing every day of my life, it would be ________________________

I can lose track of time when I’m ___________________________________________

Nothing clears my head like _______________________________________________

When I’m feeling drained, all I want to do is _________________________________

I feel most connected to my body when I’m __________________________________

In my daydreams, I imagine myself ________________________________________

I get a shot of energy when I _______________________________________________

Fun, right? I’ll bet you are already smiling after filling the above blanks!

Step 3

Come back to the circle you made in step 1. Now redraw the time pie. Pencil in fun. Include at least some activities from your list in step 2. Maybe you won’t be able to do some on a daily basis, but some may actually be doable. Take a look at your typical day. Identify the time you spend on activities that are unrewarding or unnecessary. For example, tasks you can delegate. Tasks you can probably eliminate entirely. Then use up that time to find time to smile – scheduling activities that bring you joy and make you happy. How does your new schedule look?

Step 4

Nothing like a bit of accountability to get you to take consistent action on something. So now, your task is to tell someone. Call your BFF. Share the details of your new time schedule. Talk about the things you intend to do less of. Talk about the things you aim to do more of. And most important, ask her to check in with you from time to time to see if you are sticking to the new schedule. Experts say that people who share their plans with their personal cheerleader—because they care for you—are more motivated to do things and to achieve their goals.

So, there’s your 4-step exercise to find time to smile.

Smile More Find time to smile

Hectic lives have made us too busy to pause and take joy in the little things. We need gentle reminders to tell us to find time to smile. It might seem a little hilarious when someone tells you to stop what you are doing and breathe—but that little action could very well save you from stress-related health issues. Sometimes the smallest things bring the biggest benefits whether or not we realize it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

I also want to know:

Did you smile today?

Smiles are always in fashion. Find time to smile

Wednesday Wisdom is a series with short bursts of easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of inspiring stories, verse, quotes, anecdotes, reflections, easy meditation, thought-provoking questions and humor.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sunita Saldhana
    April 23, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    In times like these it is difficult to find time to smile. When I want to smile I just to the hashtag dogs of instagram and I get more than my daily dose of smiles. It never fails to make me happy and bring cheer to my day.
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    Lauren Kinghorn
    April 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Ooh, I luuuurve this exercise! Especially step 2!! What Fun! Even though I smile lots every day because I have so many exciting things going on in my life right now, I’m going to do step 2. With my son. Right now. As playtime.

    This would make a grrrreat PDF download. Canva has some cool templates! Enjoy! 🙂
    Lauren Kinghorn recently posted…Your Practitioner can Recreate Your Smile after an Accident

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    Richa MIna
    April 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

    whenever I’ve to smile I go through my photo albums. I do follow your step one I map the day divide my chores and i love it when I see multiple ticks on my list. I’ll try your step too it seems fun enough that the thought of it made me smile.
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    Shilpa Garg
    April 27, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Oh, I smiled a LOT today while watching Justin Trudeau’s hair flip meme. It had such a lovely SRK’s song and Justin looked oh sooooo handsome! Since then, I am smiling and in fact I am smiling even as I type this! Have you watched that video?
    This is a cool exercise. Doing step 2 will be fun and will remind of the things one loves and enjoys!
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    rai fakhar e alam
    May 12, 2020 at 7:27 am

    hello there,
    great post . in these days of lockdown we have forgotten the meaning of a smile
    and we don’t know how to smile these days
    very Unique post loved it
    going to share this.

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