While I was out for my run today with my team, I overheard some of them talking about a trick that they had learned from their high school coach.
During some of their practices, their coach asked them to smile while running. I know it seems like a very small thing to do, but it actually really helps!
If you feel angry, chances are that physically you are very tense. However, if you are smiling, your body feels a lot more relaxed.
So I tried it out during my workout today, and I gotta say, it really did help! If I noticed that my body was tensing up, I made myself smile. Sure, I was tired and sore, but I felt my body relax more. Even if you have to FORCE IT, I encourage you to still smile. Sometimes, you have to fake it to make it!
Aside from Cross Country or any sports, I think it's important to just smile anyway! You know the saying , "a day without laughter is a day wasted?" With all of the craziness that's been happening in this world, we need more smiles and laughter. There is always something to be happy about each and every day. It could be something simple such as eating a healthy meal to hanging out with a close friend or even just the fact that you're alive and breathing!
If we didn't have any smiles or laughter, then the world would be a dark place to live in. So I encourage you to be the light and send out positive vibes and smiles to everyone you know!