10 Tips to Feel Good Instantly

I thought this was too good to pass up. Trisha is always telling me to smile because she likes my smile and it always cheers me up. I thought this was a great idea to use for a post. It’s been scientifically proven that a change in your physiology will change the way you feel. Here are 10 tips to feel good instantly:

1. Smile

2. Smile more.

3. Smile even more.

4. Smile even more than that.

5. Smile when you don’t want to.

6. Smile when you do.

7. Smile if you feel good.

8. Smile if you don’t.

9. Smile everyday.

10. Keep Smiling :)


  • Jonathan Mead

    Reply Reply February 20, 2008

    Nice post, it reminds me a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh..

    “Sometimes our smile comes from our joy, but sometimes our joy can come from our smile”

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 20, 2008

    Nice line. Thanks for contributing.

  • GreatManagement

    Reply Reply February 22, 2008

    Great post – actually made me smile! Person on desk opposite me frowned! I showed her the post and she smiled as well!


  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 22, 2008

    This is contagious, both of you have made me smile.

  • Amos Chan

    Reply Reply February 23, 2008

    Hi, I know smiling is good, but sometimes, when you’re so unhappy, I’m not sure how you can still smile. Maybe you know how, but I just don’t know how. Maybe that’s something I have to learn from you my friend.



  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 23, 2008

    Hi Amos – To answer your question. I think you just smile (literally).

    Act as if …. and do it! If you don’t want to smile then don’t. It’s your choice….. If you do want to smile then choose that. It’s still a choice.

    I’ve had those times when I’m feeling grumpy and don’t want to let go of those bad feelings – I would keep smiling and even start dancing around until I cracked a smile…. physiology changes will affect your feelings.

  • GreatManagement

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008


    I have chosen this post for my weekly GreatManagement Inspirational Articles – The Best Advice From Around The Web.


  • theBlueTick

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008

    Frown to show you’re listening, smile to show you care.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008

    thanks Andrew – I didn’t know it would be such a hit :)

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008

    thanks for your wise words theBlueTick.

  • Hema

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008

    I love all your 10 tips and I am smiling even harder!

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 25, 2008

    Hema, thank-you!

  • Marcus Aurelius

    Reply Reply February 28, 2008

    Hey! Great blog!

    I live in Toronto as well, and like you I am in my early 20’s and I do have a job. Your site reminds me a lot stevepavlina.com, but it’s nice to hear this kind of advice from someone our age.


  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 28, 2008

    Cheers Marcus,

    It’s great to meet another Torontonian :)

    I’m also adding a very impactful newsletter to this site. Coming soon……

  • John

    Reply Reply March 3, 2008

    Smile: I guess it can’t hurt.

  • Michael Moniz

    Reply Reply March 4, 2008

    I smile so much. I think smiling is so important to your life as well as others. People love to see you smile.

  • I love smiling. When I do, I feel great and people around me seem to be nicer, friendlier and happier. The 10 tips work every time. Every single one. My favorite is #5.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply June 1, 2008

    Hi Adrian – thanks for dropping by. I
    t’s great to hear from you :)

  • Cheri

    Reply Reply May 6, 2010

    have been down lately.. wow just made me feel smile and feel good after reading this :) thank you very much steve :)

  • Stan

    Reply Reply December 30, 2010

    ahah when I clicked this link I was hoping that one of the 10 steps would be to smile, because that’s what helps me personally.

    boy was I not disappointed…

  • Fred Tracy

    Reply Reply January 6, 2011

    Reminds me of the facial feedback hypothesis I learned about in school. This is real science. Thanks. :)

  • Julie

    Reply Reply June 23, 2011

    I use the smile technique in my classes in school, with great results. I’ve read that cognitive behaviour therapists use ‘frequent and regular smiling’ to lift clients out of depression. Even if the smile is fake i.e. the smiling expression without the smiling feeling)it still has an uplifting effect on physiology!

    Looking up can also help.



  • Steve

    Reply Reply June 23, 2011

    @ Julie… just for fun, I have a white board with these words written on it… “SMILE :) You’ll feel better.”

  • Katie

    Reply Reply June 30, 2011

    It’s a good one:)) I love it!Remember the song?When you smiling,when you smiling the whole world smiles with you… Thanks!

  • florian

    Reply Reply July 30, 2011

    I tried.And tried.And TRIED!All I could come up with was a kind of sinister grim.I’d rather quit!It spooks the people around…

  • Tracy

    Reply Reply April 9, 2012

    Hi Steve brilliant tips made me smile and feel good will tell the grumpy people at work tomorrow thanks Tracy from England x

  • patricia

    Reply Reply March 21, 2013

    I every time emailed this blog post page to all my associates, as if like to read it next
    my friends will too.

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