"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important."
Your facial expression helps people form their first impression of you. Is your expression tense? Serious? Angry? Or is it peaceful? Relaxed? Contented? You don't have to be deliriously happy and giggling all the time. But your expression does portray to those around you the emotional state you are experiencing, and can help attract or detract from the message you are trying to send to others.
This week: Pay attention to your facial expression, or ask a friend or family member to cue you when your facial expression doesn't match the message you'd like to convey. Practice making faces in the mirror. Notice which emotions are conveyed through your typical facial expressions. Ask yourself if this is the message you want to send? If necessary, practice relaxing the muscles in your face and notice how that looks.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people change their emotional state using her solution focused approach and toolbox of rapid change techniques. For more information about how to overcome the obstacles in your life, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .