We know that when we feel happy, we smile. But what if it also works the other way around?
It can be challenging to be enthusiastic and outgoing if you do not feel like it, but if you make yourself walk around with a body language as if you were enthusiastic, you’ll soon realise that it will make you feel more energetic as well. Whenever you are feeling down, put on a smile, and you’ll see that you become happier! This is called the “as if” principle.
When you are nervous before a presentation at school, act as if you are well prepared and are confident about what you are going to say. When you are asking your crush out, act as if you would if you knew that he or she would say yes. If you are faced with a difficult situation, ask yourself “how would I have solved this as if I would have to get the best possible outcome?“.
“The as if principle works. Act as if you were not afraid and you will become more courageous, as if you could and you’ll find that you can. Act as if you like a person and you’ll find a friendship” Norman Vincent Peale