And it doesn't have to be a "fake it till you make it" mentality. By allowing ourselves to truly feel our emotions, by inviting in the pains or heartaches or annoyances, and sitting with them, we acknowledge that they are part of us. And all of us is ok, hell, all of us is beautiful. Turning away or denying their existence, denies a piece of ourselves. And if you're not whole, then how can you be present? Let those feelings in, allow them to settle, and smile, because this is life.
Easier said than done? Perhaps. But I found this insightful step-by-step guide on Elephant Journal today to help jumpstart those rocky days.
So, kiss the loved one you fought with, put fresh flowers at your desk, hug your daughter who refused to let you sleep and don't forget to wear a hat, it's cold outside.