Never Let The World Change Your Smile

Today on the blog I am going to talk about an issue I think that all optimists and happy people have to face eventually. People's reaction to your optimistic take on life. One quote that I adore is "Let your smile change the world, but never let the world change your smile." Optimists, you have a special place in the world. Your goal is to be as positive as possible and the world is a whole lot better with you in it. At some points even you get a little upset, and it's the other optimists in your life that help to ground you and bring you out of your moods. Optimists are important, not only for the world, but for other optimists.

Never Let The World Change Your Smile | Being happy is an important part of The Happy Arkansan. One of the most important things to being happy is never letting the world dictate your happiness. You can impact the world with your smile, but never let the world dictate your choice to smile.

But let's be honest, this statement is easier said than done. Sometimes it's hard to not let the world change your smile. You could be having the best day and hear something and your day is completely shattered. In those times I really only offer this advice:

Breathe out negative energy, and breathe in positive energy.

How exactly can you do that? My rule is just to talk. The longer you keep that negative energy inside, the less positive your day will be. My go to is to call my sister. She is one of the only people in the world I feel comfortable being 100% myself with, and she has seen me at my most negative (and most times my most positive.) She helps balance me and center me back to if not my rosy self, at least way more neutral. She gets my personality and can tell when things aren't quite right and I just need to vent which is great for me.

So what do you do when you don't have that person? My answer is to write or talk it out (yes, I am encouraging you to talk to yourself.) Sometimes my sister is busy and she can't get to the phone right away. I understand that, and I know that I am sometimes too busy as well. So when those moments hit, I usually write it down or talk it out. Sometimes I record myself, play it back, and really see what my thoughts are. Writing and talking for me are just a way to get out my feelings and when I can actually get my feelings on paper/into the air--that's when the real magic and healing can happen. 

So by now I hope you all have been following me on Instagram because today I am on Day Eleven of my positivity month on Instagram. This has been getting a lot of great feedback and I am so excited about that. It has been such an uplifting experience for me as well as my followers on Instagram and I have been loving spreading the positivity. I love gathering the quotes and finding myself down a Pinterest Positivity rabbit hole when I batch write my posts for the series. It has seriously been such a great experience thus far and I'd love to know your opinions on it thus far.

This outfit was pretty simple. This dress absolutely steals the show and I couldn't not get this dress as it was such a steal on sale at Gwynnie Bee for $20. Unfortunately that sale is over now, but this super sweet Karen Kane dress can be easily found with a quick Google search for Karen Kane Metallic Knit Dress. I would give you a direct link to the dress, but I want you to be able to comparison shop through different websites if you decided that this dress is for you. Warning: it is a bit itchy in the arms, but it's beautiful in every other way. I thought this would be perfect for any special occasion like dinner or New Years.

What is your go to look for special occasions?

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Amanda Cross

My name is Amanda Cross and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a 20 something college graduate, graduate student, and all around awesome person.

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