Then I headed over to campus to get some work done. I found a good place to study near the gym so that I can get in a workout this afternoon. And what do I see when I get there?
I actually stuck my head into the shop and asked, "are those really free?" Yup. Free t-shirts. Why? Who knows. Is it the most amazing t-shirt I've even gotten? Nope. Pretty generic & they only had larges - which are too big. But as a grad student, I'm not one to be snobby about the free things I accumulate. I can always use another pajama shirt.
I've decided that for the rest of the day I'm gonna be in a good mood and I'm gonna smile like a crazy person. I'm hoping someone will see my ridiculous grin and start smiling, too. And even if your day isn't going well... Smile! Smiling, even when you fake it, can actually improve your mood. The research isn't rock solid, but it does suggest that your facial expressions can influence your mood. If you "fake" a smile or a sneer, subjectively that has been shown to result in emotion change. (A pdf of one of the studies with these findings can be found here.) So, give it a shot. What's the worst that will happen?
(I would like to thank the Rally to Restore Sanity for providing my with endless awesome pictures & slogans - like this one - which I plan on using for months to come.)