Now, let's be clear. I'm not advocating that anyone stuff down their negative emotions by plastering smiles on their faces. You've got to process the dark stuff to set it free out or it will keep popping up and demanding your attention in other places, like a toddler in a dirty diaper. And this is obviously no substitute for real mental health treatment when needed. But next time you're in a bit of a funk or could just use a boost of happy, try the "fake it till you make it" smile treatment. Force yourself to put on your best smile - one that uses your whole face, like you've just spotted your best friend in a crowd or heard a baby laugh. Keep your smile engaged for awhile - thirty seconds or so - then give your muscles a rest before repeating several times. You can do this at your desk, in the hallway, even while lying in bed. If you want to go for extra credit, try doing it in front of the mirror and saying something you want to reinforce in yourself with each repetition. You may feel like a total goofball standing there with a cheesy grin and saying, "I am worthy of love and connection, just the way I am." but who knows...you just might get on your way to making it while you're faking it.