Some people with Parkinson’s feel that they have nothing to smile about. Today, we will explore how giving yourself permission to smile no matter how you feel will light up your dopamine and enhance your recovery.
Many people with Parkinson’s get extremely self-conscious when going out in public. There is the whole concern of people staring and wondering what is wrong with you. You already are not happy about the way you look or move or feel, and this exacerbates the problem.
Oftentimes, the sense that people are staring causes symptoms to rage out of control…more tremors, more stiffness, more slowness, more sadness. Instead of staring at the ground as you shuffle passed people in public, what if you stood as straight as possible, looked them in the eye, and gave them a great big smile. That’s right, a smile.
The difference between people having pity for you and them having compassion for you is all in how you view yourself and present yourself in public. If you are self-conscious and stare at the ground making no eye contact, people will pity you. If you hold yourself up, look them in the eye and smile, people will have compassion for you. You control how you will be viewed. Why not make it healing for you and the other people.
Your smile will help with your recovery. One of the things about Parkinson’s is that you tend to lose your ability to feel joy. Mostly, you are consumed with how badly you feel physically, mentally and spiritually. The feeling of joy opens your heart and helps the dopamine flow.
Here is the formula:
Smile = Joy
Joy = Dopamine Production and Flow
Therefore, Smile = Dopamine Production and Flow
“I am allowed to smile.”
Realistically, if you are in public, and a person is staring at you, it probably is because you are moving slowly and/or walking poorly. They are not thinking bad thoughts about you. They probably are confused about what is going on with you, and they probably are concerned for you. There is an easy fix to this. Look the person in the eye and smile. It is the compassionate thing to do for you and for the other person.
And when you smile, make it a big, ear-to-ear smile, the kind of smile that sends a message to the other person that says, “Thank you for your compassion. I am okay.” This act all by itself will help open your dopamine faucet. But wait, it does not stop there — generally, smiles are infectious. Most of the time when you share a smile, you get one back.
This compounds the joy. The other person smiles back and their heart opens and feels joy.
Remember: Smile = Dopamine Production and Flow
“I am allowed to smile.”
Look at the power of your smile:
1. Smile at other people. They smile back and you and them feel joy.
2. Smiling at nature. You feel joy in being alive and connected to nature.
3. Smile at the person in the mirror. I guarantee that if you smile at the person in the mirror, the person in the mirror will smile back at you.
That is the power of your smile. Oh, yes, I almost forgot. Your smile sends a message to the Parkinson’s, loud and clear:
“Parkinson’s, I am not afraid of you, and I will not hide from you. When you try to shake me up in public, I will fight you with a smile, feel the joy in my heart and let my dopamine flow. When you try to shake me up at home, I will go to the mirror and fight you with a smile, feel the joy in my heart and let my dopamine flow.
I have the power to heal myself, and I am!” And then give the Parkinson’s a smile…it won’t know what to do.
Please post a comment below by copying and pasting these words:
My brain cells are alive. My dopamine reservoir is full. I am doing the Recipe, and my recovery from Parkinson’s is happening. I am allowed to smile. I am extraordinary. I am recovery. I AM WINNING! AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!
Each and every one of you is winning and you are worth it!!
All my best,