10 Reasons To Keep Smiling

10 Reasons To Keep Smiling

Even when life gets you down, there's always a reason to keep smiling.
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Everyone reaches that one point in their life where it seems like everything seems to be overwhelming, nothing seems to be going right, or you're just down. Whether its a bad break up, the stress of school, loss of a loved one or just the stresses of every day life, there is always a reason to smile. Even though it may be tough sometimes to keep that smile, once you allow that smile to stay on your face, you will be happier. You will realize that the things in life that bring you down are not all that life has to offer. No matter how bad things may seem, it is still worth it to keep going. The first step is a simple smile. Like the song says, "You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile." If you don't believe that, here are 10 things to show, there is so much in life to smile at.

1. You woke up today.

You are alive and living. You have a chance to do something great today. You can right the wrongs of yesterday and even prepare for a better day tomorrow. Regardless, you have today and you should make the most out of it. Don't waste the day wallowing in self pity and sadness. Go out and do something, make the most out of your day because you never know when it will be your last.

2. Your smile can make another person's day.

Whether it's your best friend, your parents, or even a stranger on the street, your smile can affect someone's day. Someone could be having a really bad day and by simply giving them a smile, they can turn their whole day around. A smile can make anybody feel better. Maybe your friend is having a horrible day and your smile can be the only highlight of their day. A smile has more power than you think. Know that your simple facial expression can make someone very happy or just give them the strength to keep going. A smile really does do the trick so don't ever feel afraid to share your smile with someone else.

3. You did something you thought you could never do.

Maybe today you got that last rep that you thought you would never get. Maybe you improved your mile time. Maybe today you gave a good answer in class. We all doubt ourselves and our abilities every now and then and the best thing that we can do is just put a smile on our face and tell ourselves we can do it and then smile even more when we actually do it.

4. Smiling lowers stress.

All that effort that you put into your smile will take your mind off anything stressing you out. Even scientists have found that those who smile more, often have a decrease in heart rate, and recover more quickly than those who show no facial expression. Smiling is not only good for your mind, but also for your health.

5. Your smile is contagious.

One smile can lead to many others. Everyone likes a good smile and sometimes a smile is so nice that you just can't help but smile back.

6. Your smile is beautiful.

Like I said before, a smile can make anyone's day and why is that? because your smile is beautiful and can make anybody feel good about themselves. Don't be afraid to share your smile because even if you may not love it, someone else does. But you should love it because you are a beautiful person, and therefore your smile is beautiful, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

7. You have your health.

You don't have a cold. You don't have the flu. You are not terminally ill. There are people out there with life threatening illnesses fighting them every day. Just be happy you are in good health and not suffering like them. Be happy you are in good health and using your mouth to smile rather than coughing. Enjoy your good health and smile knowing you can live your life as much as you can.

8. You have your friends.

Your friends, your real friends have been there for you through thick and thin, and they will be here to support you no matter what. They are there for the good, and for the bad, and love you no matter what. They put up with your crazy antics and appreciate all the kind gestures you show them. They chose to be your friend and they are willing to take time out of their day to spend it with you. Appreciate the time you have with them and cherish all the moments you have, whether it was a night of partying, a random trip to the city, a camping trip, fun day at the beach, or just simply hanging out in your basement. You have done a lot together and are close, like family. They have seen you at your best and have been there for you when you were at your worst. Look back on your time with them, and when you think of them, you will catch yourself smiling.

9. You have your family.

They have been there for you since day one. They have watched you grow from a crying little baby to the young adult you are now today. They have helped get you through the rough times and will always be there for you no matter what. They love you no matter what and will always be your number one support system. Yes, they may drive you crazy every now and then, but know that everything they do is out of love. They only want what is best for you. Remember those fun vacations you took together, or just those fun times in the backyard. Your family will always be the most important thing in your life no matter what. They may not be perfect, but they are your family, and you wouldn't want it any other way.

10. You are here for a reason.

Everyone has a purpose in life and we are here for a reason. Don't ever let yourself or somebody else let you believe that you have no purpose. You were put in this world for a reason and your life does have meaning. You can do whatever you set your mind to and you can accomplish anything. You will make a difference, whether it is finding the cure for the common cold, or simply making someone's day better. The only people telling you, you can't do something is someone who tried and failed. Sometimes you will fail, but failure is a part of life. All you can do is just dust yourself off, clean your wounds, and keep on going. You will make a difference and most importantly, you will be happy.

Life is not easy and it does not come without its hurdles. Have the strength to jump over those hurdles and keep going. The first step to getting over those hurdles is a smile. A smile makes a big difference and will give you the strength to keep moving forward. Life may be rough now, but trust me when I say, it is all worth it in the end. You will get to where you need to be and you will be happy. The first step is just to smile. So turn that frown upside down and keep on smiling.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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