create your own sunshine

Sometimes you do. You just have to put a silly smile on your face and eventually others will feel it. And then when they are you turn their “frown upside down” it puts you into a nice contented mood, wanting to smile more. And then you truly find happiness for the rest of the day= pushing your worries away. When you get home from work, wherever, you are more calm and able to think about things rationally and tackle the situation (if you still remember what it was that was upsetting you), or it doesn’t matter as much-just seeming a silly care.
I learned this great tactic while working at the nursing home. On my unit, you are around the residents from the first minute that you walk in. Just take a deep breath outside the door, and then plaster on a smile and greet those nurses sitting at the desk with a great ‘Good morning!’ I must admit that it annoys some of my fellow co-workers who start working at the same time as me, but it eventually will put them in a better mood (hopefully). Truthfully, the mundane tasks that are required to do everyday are just a little better when you wear a smile, even if you don’t feel like it-turn on some good music, and you’ll eventually be havin the time of your life. Everyone will be wondering your secret!!

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About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church.
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