Smiling Through The Pain
Life isn’t always rosy.
There are times when we have to put on a brave face and find ourselves having to ‘smile through the pain’.
Maybe it’s because we have to ‘just get on with it’ (for ourselves or others around us) or maybe we’ve been here before, and we know it will end. Eventually.
So why not smile through it right?
A smile can brighten a room, lift your mood and those around you. It doesn’t mean you’re lying to yourself, not taking a situation seriously or keeping your ‘head in the clouds’ – it’s simply a way to look at the bright side of life, to look for the fun and bond with others.
It’s attempting to milk all of the good stuff out of life, even when the days may be darker than normal.
Many people find that humor helps them cope. Instead of struggling with a challenge, they use humor to lessen the stress of a situation. Having a good sense of humor provides an outlet for stress and disappointment, making you more resilient when faced with another challenge.
It’s important to remember to take care of yourself during these times though and seek help and an understanding ear when things become too much. Because we all have times like those! In the meantime, the following collection of inspiring quotes will hopefully lighten your heart and help you to see the brighter side of life, that may be just over the horizon.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
“Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.”
“Laughter is higher than all pain.”
“Pain is never permanent.”
Saint Teresa of Avila
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.”
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.”
“Smile more. Smiling can make you and others happy.”
Roy T. Bennett
“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.”
“Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.”
C. S. Lewis
A Last Note on Being Able To Smile Through The Pain
Challenges, no matter how painful they are at the time, can be gifts that help you build resilience. Coping with past challenges provides a wealth of skills that are needed for resilience. And resilience is a muscle that builds up, leading to greater ability to take on the other obstacles of life.
When you’re ready, ask yourself what can you learn from this experience and what opportunities can you see?
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