5 Tips to Smile Again in Times of Struggle and Heartbreak

Finding Happiness: 5 Easy Steps to Get Your Smile Back
5 Tips to Smile Again in Times of Struggle and Heartbreak

Yes, I can make you smile again. Promise!

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Let’s face it.  Life can be brutal at times and get you down.  You can’t be on a life journey without getting through some tough times.  In this article, I will show you how to rediscover your smile, put things into perspective, regroup and turn your tears into smiles again.

Skills You Will Learn in How to Smile Again

In order to put that beautiful smile back, Made You Smile Back will show you how to do the following:

  • To learn the difference between things you can control vs. those you cannot.
  • How to smile again following a breakup or a major loss.
  • How to prevent yourself from ‘overthinking’ your situation.
  • Learn to love life again, relearn how to play again.
  • Motivational resources that really work, such as suggested YouTube videos, books, and yes, even inspirational quotes or religious verses to get you through.
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First Things First!

Why are you feeling so sad?  Did you experience a diffi- cult breakup, lose a job  or did some- thing tragic happen?

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Sadness is different for everyone.  We experience true bouts of sadness in some form during life.  It is often difficult to find the silver lining and try to be happy.  However, you can become happier if you work to accept and explore your sadness, change your thinking patterns and take active and healthy steps to cultivate happiness.  Yes, I’m here to assure you, can get your smile back!

1. Know the Difference Between What you Can Control and What You Cannot

There’s a reason why the Serenity Prayer is well known for its sage advice.  That’s because it explains in the most simplistic way that there are things we have no control over and there are situations we do have the ability to change our experience.  The trick is knowing the difference. 

2. How to Smile Again Following a Breakup or a Major Loss

It’s hard to rediscover your smile when you hurt inside.  Time does indeed heal wounds.  You must believe in the extraordinary healing power of finding your smile again and navigate your way back to living.  If you’re suffering from a breakup, perhaps you should change your perspective.  Move on and learn to  forgive.  Stop fretting, let go, and move on.  You can’t change the past, but you most assuredly can change your future.  Did you ever stop to think that perhaps things were meant to happen the way they did.  Instead of being sad and depressed, how about changing your attitude and realize that this might be a blessing in disguise

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Another all too familiar heartache is the one we all face when we lose someone we love like a family member or special friend.  In times of grief, I did not think I would ever be able to laugh or smile again.  I learned that one way to honor our loved ones was to not only keep going but to find joy in each day and to smile when reminiscing or cherishing private moments when you were together in the past.  I know for myself, whenever I see a ‘rainbow‘ I always think of my Mother and instantly a smile is on my face!

3. How to Prevent Yourself from ‘Overthinking’ your Situation.

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Please do yourself a favor and quit overthinking everything!  Did you know you can actually think yourself out of happi-ness?  You hold the keys to your happiness!  Make a mental note to ‘flip the switch’ inside your brain from the negative to the positive.  Included with over- thinking is the straggle-hold of procrastination!  This is senselessly wasting time!  Each day is composed of 86,400 seconds… nothing more, nothing less.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have ‘time’ to spend on feeling sorry for myself and figuring out ‘well what if I had done it this way’ or ‘what if I had done it that way’.  No!  Stop right there and when you find yourself procrastinating and wasting time, instead, SMILE, chuckle or laugh and get on with being productive again!

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Life is a journey.  Is is not always a bed of roses but can end up being thorns at times.  These are the times I call ‘character building’.  Learn to ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’.  Encourage yourself to keep plugging on through the difficult times.  It can make our souls smile again!  

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And for goodness sake, do take time to smell the roses and enjoy the simple things that life showers you everyday!

4. Learn to Love Life Again and How to Play Again!

Cheer up!  Let me help you put that smile back on your face!  Smiling will lift you out of the sadness you’re in.  Believe in yourself and never ever give up from continuing to be the best you can be!  It’s simply not worth being sad!  A smile is very cheap.  And when you give a smile away, you get one back in return from all those you cross paths with!

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Okay, so you’re down in the dumps still.  I get it.  But not anymore!  Why?  Because I’m instructing you to go out and PLAY!!!!Yes, you heard me, go out and have fun!  Have some merry-making experiences and dream your heart away!  Bring the joy back into your life.  I promise you by consciously making the effort of doing these things, you WILL find yourself ‘smiling again’!

5. Motivational Resources that Really Work!

If you were like me, whenever I felt sad or facing some difficult struggles and challenges, I would literally ‘scour’ the internet to find motivation to help me get out of the dumps!  Sure, I found a couple of websites here and there and even a couple of YouTube videos.  But I gotta tell you, there simply isn’t alot of ‘go to’ websites to really get a ‘quick’ pick-me-up type of feeling.  That’s one of the main reasons I created this blog, “Made You Smile Back!”

Now without further ado, here are some of the best motivational resources that I would like to share with you!

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  • You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard this popular song from the 70s & 80s, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin!
  •  And let’s not forget the song, ‘Sing, sing, sing!’  by the acapella group known as Pentatonix
  •  Motivational YouTube Videos include anything from Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Mel Robbins and T.D. Jakes.
  • Books include ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’  by Chris Guillebeau, ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ by George Samuel Clason, any book by Les Brown will get you motivated, but I personally like ‘Live Your Dreams’.
  • Of course, I have to include my own ‘Inspirational Quotes’ here on ‘Made You Smile Back’!
  • I would be totally amiss if I didn’t include what is most important to who YOU ARE UNIQUELY in regards to your faith.  So whether it be the Bible, the Tora, the Quran, or the Teachings of Budda, etc., I encourage you to reach out and start reading again and find your ‘smile and purpose again’!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you stay positive after a break up?

We all have, at one time or another, experienced the pain of a break up. You may be only able to express gratitude just being able to wake up breathing. However, with time, when you express gratitude for other things in your life, the list grows and becomes more heartfelt. This is in turn will allow you to become more positive with each day passing.

How do you smile after your heart has been broken?

There’s no question, at the beginning it shall be difficult. Learn to force yourself to smile; it will indeed reprogram your mind! Try this exercise: stand up and walk outdoors. Look up and while doing so, grin from ear to ear as wide as you can. Hold it for 30 seconds. Finally, think of 5 things you’re grateful for in your life. When finished, I guarantee you WILL be able to sustain that smile.

What do guys do after a break up?

According to Megan Glosson, “When it comes to handling a break-up, many people say that “women break up harder, but men break up longer.” In other words, women typically engage in an emotional grieving process right after the breakup, whereas men initially stuff their feelings down and procrastinate on healing.

How to let go of the ’emotional pain’ and moving on after a break up?

According to Josephine Hughes, “your heart is stronger than you know; it is designed to handle being broken. Loving someone does not mean you should be with them.
It also doesn’t mean that they’re good for you. Face this reality squarely. You can have a happy life, even with great sorrow in your heart, even while carrying loss.

Is it normal to feel good after a breakup?

You are stronger than you realize. When you’re finally over your breakup, it may feel like a heavy weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Your body will feel rested, and your mind will be at peace. You may come to realize the positive ‘silver lining’ of the breakup is actually opening the door to having a better more healthy relationship in your future.

So! Did I Make YOU Smile Back!

Thank you for reading my blog!  I thoroughly enjoyed writing this and I welcome all comments and suggestions on how you yourself ‘get your smile back’ when feeling down in the dumps!  And don’t forget to subscribe!

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46 comments on “5 Tips to Smile Again in Times of Struggle and Heartbreak”

  1. You got helpful tips here generally. Though I am not in a heartbreak moment right now but I feel most of them, really. And yeah, overthinking sucks lol

  2. Great advice! Overthinking is definitely a big issue or feeling like you are not worthy of being happy. I love your advice of looking at things you can and cannot control. Looking at the loss from that perspective often helps to alleviate at least some of the pain or guilt that we may have over wanting to be happy again.

  3. I love the Serenity Prayer. I say this prayer many times throughout the month. We all need to stop and thank God for our many blessings. Some of those blessings are yet to come. 🙂

  4. I love this! I think the part about knowing the things you can control and what you can’t is so important! I like to be in control of everything, but every day I learn really I can’t be in control of everything! I am also a classic overthinker, so working on that as well!

  5. I often get overthinking especially at midnight which make me cant sleep. I get it because i’m always afraid of what will happen in future, but sometimes i watched some funny videos or something to make it calm down and get happy again. Great tips anyways!

  6. Beth…..you made me, smile back. This is such a wonderful post and is clearly needed in the world right now. I loved reading it and on another note….appreciate all that you do.

    1. Brenda, thank you for your positive comments. I am so glad that we are both in the niche and are in a position of providing hope and encouragement to one another! Many blessings.

  7. I’m an over thinker and often need to remind myself ‘all will work out’. I tend to read quotes or sing along to songs that bring me joy when I’m down. I also like films especially if they are musicals like Annie. Tomorrow. There is always something to smile about. Your posts always make me smile.

  8. Such a great outlook. I am absolutely an overthinker to the point I can actually make myself feel poorly I get so worked up. I will absolutely try some of these techniques!

    Thank you.


  9. This is such a positive uplifting blog. I hope that you get as much out of it as you give. As far as heartbreak, I used to get horrible heartbreak over relationships until I heard advice much like that in the movie “He’s Just Not Into You.” When you realize that it *really* wasn’t you, that it’s just not a good fit, makes it easier to let go and move on. Although grieving is important. If that step is skipped, you can venture into relationship addiction. That’s another story.

  10. I recently lost my dad and it has been a long journey of not smiling. Your words really helped and to smile when I think of our memories together instead of crying. He would have preferred me smiling anyway. Thanks for sharing such a great post!

  11. I truly enjoyed this blog. Sometimes, I need reminders. Made me Smile, just reading it! Thank you for your message and encouragement to so many. I tell my clients, if that can’t smile, just ‘think smile’ it will raise your mouth just enough to release some endorphins that feel better.

  12. I love the idea of motivational videos, I also agree that tough times can actually be a blessing in disguise. We have to see the positive side and smile through it all. Thanks for such an inspiring post.

  13. Thank you for those gentle reminders to smile ? I have to admit, I am an over thinker. Great tip to stop negative thought and change into positive thought. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I love the Reinhold quote! I’ve found that even at my saddest, I try to find humor in many things and smile. I want to make people happy and by doing that you find it’s easier to get through those hard times. I love your blog’s mission to make people smile and find happiness. Thank you for creating something so uplifting to use all.

  15. Overthinking is a problems that many of us have. I think so many want to be perfect so we try to find ways to be successful. This will make you overthink. One has to stop thinking and start doing positive things to make us happy.

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