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It's been a habit of mine for a number of years to smile as soon as I wake up. It's a wicked hack and it works.

In AA they tell you to "fake it until you make it", and encourage newcomers to do assorted mundane "be useful" stuff like set up chairs or make coffee, even if (or especially if) you don't feel like doing it. The physical activity of being productive leads to a certain mental state.

BTW, much the same idea is discussed in this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Impro-Improvisation-Theatre-Keith-John...

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre, by Keith Johnstone.




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