Research from the facial feedback theory of emotion argues that your brain is always monitoring what us happening in your body and adjusting your mood based on what it notices. How cool is that? Just smile more to feel better? What about smiling to live longer? Almost sounds too good to be true.

Watch this TEDtalk on The Hidden Power of Smiling. Now are you convinced to smile more? The Onward Workbook has an activity that has you track your observations and reflections as you work on your smile by placing a pencil or a chopstick on your back teeth and bite down. This position recruits the muscles of a genuine smile. Love this group of teachers from Washington who are working on this together when they meet for their Onward book club!