Wishful Painting Wednesday: When You Smile Your Heart Believes It
I once heard that when we smile that there is a physical reaction in our bodies that resemble that of actually being happy. This theory has always stuck in the back of my mind and I've tried it. I have made myself smile when I was really unhappy to see what would happen. You know what happened? I laughed at myself for being silly! But seriously, I looked it up and there are scientists who believe this is actually true. I don't need to conduct a scientific study to know that when I smile, even when I don't feel like it, that I begin to feel a little better. Whether it is physiological or psychological, my heart is paying attention to my smile. Besides, what have you got to lose, right? So try it next time you could use an emotional boost and see if it doesn't help just a little.
So, yep, that is a big cheeky grin in the middle of my painting. Crooked and imperfect, but big and bold! I knew this over sized smile was going to be in the middle of this painting from the moment I first thought it up as I was driving to the studio. Gotta love car time. I wanted the edges of my painting to make the edges of your mouth just tickle to smile. Does it work?