Okay, so you want to write, but you don’t quite feel like it. You just can’t get started. Here’s the first thing you do: smile. It doesn’t have to be a real smile. It can be one of your common, ordinary, everybody-wants-me-to-smile, smiles. It’s a way to trick your brain into helping you be happy.
Why would you want to do that? Because research has shown that a happy person is more likely to be a creative person. You can read a funny book or watch some funny videos or think of things or places or people who made you feel good. Any kind of smile can get you started.
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco reviewed numerous studies that suggested happy people maintained a more holistic approach to problems than unhappy people. They were more likely to recognize innovative solutions others may have missed.
The research implied that when you’re happy, you release more dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases your control over your mind. Maintaining a positive attitude also increases activity in areas of the brain that handle decision-making, learning, and processing.
A pessimist, a negative person is likely to have a difficult time being creative. On the other hand, if you’re happy and feel good your creative spirit will be energized. and once you feel happy your muse is more likely to want to spend some time with you.