Act As If You Are Happy

Hello Friends,

The following is an article that I shared a while ago on my Bacon & Kids blog ( a blog for working parents). I thought you all might appreciate it as well…

Act as if it is the happiest day of your life.  Easier said than done, right?  Especially if you’re having a bad morning, day, week,  month, or year.

Why pretend? Why act as if? Why put a smile on your face, even though you don’t feel at all happy?

I’m not having a good day!

Research shows that even a forced smile can help to boost your mood and spirit. Did you know that if you’re smiling, other people will consider you as being friendlier and more approachable?

Along with a smile on your face, your appearance contributes to your happiness.

Clothing ~  Look the part.  If you’re wearing clothes/or uniforms that are dirty, wrinkled, too big, too tight and or damaged it will only add to your bad mood.  Wearing clothes/uniforms that make you feel good will help

Hair ~  CLEAN hair shouldn’t be a luxury.  You may not have much time to style it but make sure your hair is clean.  Although, taking a few minutes to style your hair will make you feel & look  more confident  and “put together.”

Nails ~ I’m not talking about your hands, we all know that the nails on our hands should be  clean and polish free or clean with a fresh coat of nail polish.  I’m talking about toenails.  A silly, non-important thing right?  Wrong. Have you ever been embarrassed when you caught someone staring at your feet,  particularly your toes? And not just staring, but staring in disgust?  Then you know what I’m talking about.   Clean, trimmed, moisturized toenails is a really good thing. (Ladies, painting your toes may be the last thing on your already too full to-do-list, however, having a pretty colored, chip- free polish on your toes gives the appearance that you have it together and well, sometimes it’s all about appearance 😉 )

So now that you have a smile on your face, and are looking pretty good too, what else can you do to help make you feel happier?

Do a good deed ~ It’s a scientific fact, it makes you healthier & happier. Must be why the scriptures tell us “there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”  But, you might be thinking: “I don’t have any time to do a good deed.”   Not so, here are some things that you can do that take just a few minutes.

  • Be friendly.   When running errands think about the people who serve our daily needs, say hello, thank you,  have a nice day.  You just might make their day a little happier.
  • Send a text to a friend (or friends) telling them you are thinking of them and hope they have a great day.
  • Be spontaneous, hold the door for someone, pay for their coffee, help with the groceries, bring your neighbor’s  garbage can up from the curb, etc.
  • Clear the clutter –

– Do you have any books you are no longer reading?  Drop them off  at your local library.

– Clothes or household items you no longer need or want?  Drop them in a donation box or to a charity of your choice.

– Any extra non-perishable food items in the pantry?  Take them to a local food bank or shelter.

– Recycle – Do your part no matter how small, to prevent waste, and help keep our world clean.

Instead of focusing on and being consumed by the negative things in life and our own personal problems, focus on what you can do for others, and do good deeds as often as possible without asking for anything in return.

So you might need to start off by “acting” to create your own happiness but when you do before you know it, you’re no longer acting, you truly are happy.

A happy day!

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Betty’s Bookshelf – Books for a Happier Doctor and Team

Betty’s Bookshelf – Books for a Happier Doctor and Team

Hello Friends,

“That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.”               –Amos Bronson Alcott

Of the 60+ books I read in 2015, I wanted to share with you the 5 that I read during November & December. Why? Because these books especially, were closed with profit. If you’re looking to read for personal growth, to help grow your practice, to share with your team or just for fun… I recommend the following: (In no particular order)

Move Your Bus – Ron Clark

move your bus

Ready to motivate and inspire your dental team?  Move Your Bus is a fun, educational & quick read. The description on Amazon says: “These easy to implement techniques will inspire employees and team leaders alike to work harder and smarter and drive the organization to succeed.” I agree!

Rising Strong – Brene’ Brown

rising strong

I chose to include this one because in it are some really smart ways to successfully communicate your feelings. Ways that I believe can greatly help dental team members effectively solve misunderstandings and/or to share thoughts and concerns with one another.

The Ultimate Guide To Doubling & Tripling Your Dental Practice Production

the ultimate guide

If growing your practice is on your “to-do-list” for 2016, read and apply the suggestions shared in this book.

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” ~James Bryce

There were many gems to carry away from this book. I LOVED it!

Before Happiness – Shawn Achor

before happiness

In ‘Before Happiness’, Shawn Achor, the Harvard researcher, and best-selling author, gives practical strategies for becoming happier backed up by science. (IMHO the science is fascinating!)

Shawn says: “Before we can be happy and successful, we need to create a positive reality that allow us to see the possibility for both.”

Wouldn’t you agree that we all could benefit from seeing the world through a more positive lens?

Hug Your Customers – Jack Mitchell

hug your customers

This is a nice book to read if you’re wanting to attract new patients and retain loyal patients by providing exceptional customer service.

“Books are the training weights of the mind.” -Epictetus

There you have it, my 5 favorite non-fiction books from my bookshelf in 2015.

If you have already read some or all of these books, feel free to share your thoughts on them with me and/or kindly give this post a “like”.  Do you have any good book suggestions for me to add to my 2016 reading list? Please share them in the comments section.

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~Betty

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