The Coping Kete

No. 30: The Half-Smile

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellness, when I get stressed, pressed or distressed…

I will practice the DBT half-smile. The half-smile involves curving just one side of the mouth up. It might feel silly to begin with, but smiling, even just a little bit in this way, can actually help to lighten negative moods. Smiling releases feel-good neurotransmitters, and who knows, maybe my half-smile will turn into a full smile a few times too!

This week I will try to practice the half-smile at least three times a day. I will observe how my moods and thoughts responded. Did it make me laugh? Did it stop my thoughts for a second?

Once I am used to the Half Smile I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as something to try when I am feeling low.

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