How to Smile Again Even When it’s Tough

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that bring us joy, including smiling. Whether you’ve been through a tough time or have forgotten how to embrace happiness, it’s important to remember that it’s possible to get your smile back and rekindle a sense of positivity in your life. Learning how to smile again can have a profound impact on your overall well-being, as smiling not only improves your mood but also has the power to make those around you smile as well.

From finding moments of gratitude to engaging in activities that bring you joy, there are several ways to make you smile and bring more light into your life. In this article, we’ll explore some practical tips and strategies for rediscovering the joy in life and getting your smile back. Whether it’s through practicing mindfulness, spending time with loved ones, or simply indulging in laughter, there are various ways to make you smile again and embrace a more positive outlook on life.

Why am I Having Trouble Smiling?

Trouble smiling

You would think that smiling is something that all of us can do with no effort, right? Well unfortunately that’s not the case because we get hurt by different people in our lives. Could a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, co-worker, student, friend? 

If you’re having trouble smiling after something bad happened to you, you are definitely not alone. Some so many people are in the same predicament. I have been in that spot numerous times and I bet there are people in your life who are having trouble smiling after something bad happened to them as well.

Even embarrassment and humiliation can make us frown especially if it’s from friends and family. The hurt can be sudden and long-lasting to different degrees. The more people who are involved in hurting you, the worse you can feel.

Some people will hurt you without a reason which, in my opinion, is worse than knowing the reason. The closer you are to someone, the worse the hurt because you developed a strong bond with them and trusted them. You may have told this person or people some personal things about you that you wouldn’t have told anyone else, maybe not even your parents.

Going through emotional pain can stop us from smiling. The pain of losing a pet or someone can stop you from smiling too. It’s okay to be sad during these times because sadness is not a sign of weakness.

This emotion can help us grow as a person which can help us move forward and find happiness again. As I mentioned, after the dark clouds from the storm have passed, we may still find it hard to smile. We can still be grieving from the loss and the hurt which makes it hard to smile.

Emotional pain from people we trust, care for, we love, can stick around longer than getting hurt by someone we barely know or a stranger. Losing a pet, we have had for years and who helped us through tough times can be tough to deal with. If you think you can’t bounce back from sadness to happiness in a day, for example, that’s fine.

Getting hurt by someone or someone passing away takes time to deal with. Afterwards, you may have forgotten how to smile. Don’t feel embarrassed if you have to re-teach yourself how to smile.

Reasons to Start Smiling Again


There are countless reasons on how to smile again. First and foremost, smiling is one of the simplest and easiest ways to feel better and happier instantly. When you smile, it allows your mind and body to let go of stress and tension, making it a blessing for your overall well-being.

Smiling can also have a positive impact on those around you, as it often leads to others smiling back, creating a chain reaction of happiness and positivity. Additionally, learning how to smile again can help you find happiness in the little things in life. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a kind gesture from a stranger, or a funny joke, allowing yourself to smile can open your eyes to the joy and beauty that surrounds you every day.

Finally, smiling can also improve your relationships with others, making you more approachable and likable. So go ahead, let go of the worries and stress, and start smiling again for a happier and brighter future.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Smile Again

If you’ve been feeling down and find it difficult to smile, there are some steps you can take to bring happiness back into your life. First, try to focus on the positive things in your life, no matter how small they may seem. This can help shift your mindset and make it easier to find reasons to smile again.

Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people can also help lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. Additionally, engaging in activities that bring you joy and being kind to yourself can make a significant difference in how you feel. Finally, don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you’re struggling to find happiness on your own.

By taking these steps to smile again, you can start to feel happier and find joy in everyday moments once more. Remember, a smile is contagious, and often, the act of smiling at someone can bring a smile back to your face. Let’s look at these ways in more detail:

Focus on the Positive Things in Your Life

Think positive

In a world full of negativity and chaos, it’s important to focus on the positive things in your life. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily stressors and challenges, but taking the time to appreciate the good moments can make a world of difference. Whether it’s a beautiful sunrise, a kind gesture from a stranger, or a small achievement at work, these are the things that can bring joy and happiness to your life.

By learning to smile at these small wins, you can start to shift your mindset and see the good in every situation. When you focus on the positive, you radiate positivity, and that can have a ripple effect on those around you. You might even find that the simple act of smiling can make others smile too.

So, take a moment to smile again, and remember the things that have made you smile back. Let these little moments be a reminder to keep focusing on the positive things in your life.

Surround Yourself with Positive and Supportive People

Supportive people

Surrounding ourselves with positive and supportive people is crucial for our mental and emotional well-being. When we are surrounded by individuals who uplift us and provide encouragement, it becomes easier to navigate through life’s challenges. These people can help us see the silver lining in difficult situations and remind us of the many blessings we have in our lives.

Their positive outlook and unwavering support can serve as a source of strength when we are feeling overwhelmed or unhappy. Moreover, being in the company of such individuals can have a contagious effect, inspiring us to adopt a more positive mindset and approach to life. These relationships can help us smile again and find joy, even when we are unhappy.

It’s important to cultivate these connections and prioritize spending time with people who bring out the best in us, as they can make a world of difference in our overall well-being.

Engage in Activities that Bring You Joy

Fun activities

Engaging in activities that bring you joy is crucial for maintaining a positive mindset and overall well-being. Whether it’s dancing, painting, hiking, or spending time with loved ones, finding things that make you smile and bring happiness to your life is essential. These activities serve as reminders to smile and can uplift your mood, especially during challenging times.

When you partake in activities that bring you joy, it can feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders, and you can breathe easily again. It’s important to intentionally carve out time in your schedule to engage in these activities, as they can have a profound impact on your mental and emotional state. By making time for the things that make you smile, you invite positivity and contentment into your life, which can help you navigate through the ups and downs with a renewed sense of joy.

Be Kind to Yourself

Be kind

In a world that constantly demands so much from us, it’s essential to be kind to ourselves. Being kind to ourselves means giving ourselves a break, forgiving our mistakes, and allowing ourselves to smile again. It’s about finding simple ways to show ourselves some love and compassion.

Whether it’s taking a moment to enjoy a cup of tea, going for a walk in nature, or listening to music that soothes our souls, it’s important to associate these acts with kindness towards ourselves. We often find it easier to extend kindness to others, but it’s equally important to extend that same kindness, love, and forgiveness to ourselves. By being kind to ourselves, we can rejuvenate our spirits and find the strength to face the challenges that come our way.

So, let’s make a conscious effort to be kind to ourselves every day. After all, we deserve it.

Don’t be Afraid to Seek Professional Help

Seek therapy

It’s okay to not be okay, and it’s okay to seek professional help. There is no shame in admitting that you need support and guidance to navigate through life’s challenges. Seeking help from a therapist or counselor is not a sign of weakness but rather a brave step toward healing and self-love.

Professional help can provide you with the tools and lessons on how to smile again, even when everything may seem overwhelming. It allows you to address and heal from past traumas and mental health struggles. It’s important to remember that healing takes time and professional help can be the guiding light that makes you feel supported and understood.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for the help you need to heal and find happiness. You deserve to smile again, and professional help can provide you with the support and guidance necessary to get to that place. 

Key Considerations for Smiling Again


I’m sure you have a hobby and things you like to do with others or by yourself. Doing these things brings some kind of joy to you. I mentioned in a previous post that you should do what you can to create your joy. If being around others isn’t an option, which is probably true due to the lockdown quarantines in the world, do something you know you will like and bring you happiness no matter what is going on.

I have found reading inspirational quotes to help me smile again. Some of the quotes I have been reading have described different things and problems I have dealt with in the past and recently. They help me feel that I’m not alone that I can get through my troubles and that it’s ok to not have everything together.

These quotes have helped me get reacquainted with myself. Slowing down and taking a break from things to spend time with yourself can help you figure out how you think about things, your likes and dislikes, your morals and values, the next path you should take in your life, clarity on the path you already are on, and who are your true friends in life. Figuring some things out about yourself can take unwanted stress, toxic thoughts, and lies away and help you smile.

Taking it to the Next Level: Other Activities to Try

Watching a movie, TV show, or video on the internet of something funny can cheer you up. Maybe it’s a funny scene from your favorite movie or a funny TikTok video, only you know. They say laughter is the best medicine.

I’m sure there are people in your life that can make you laugh. Another option would be to try laughing at yourself. I’m sure there are things that you do you can find the humor in.

Maybe these things are something you do daily when you’re at work, school, or in public, with friends, or family. Even if it’s something small, chuckling at yourself can help turn that frown upside down.

Alternatives to Smiling Again


Meditation can help clear your mind and slow down your thoughts. A clear mind can help free you from unwanted stress that may have come from being hurt by someone or some other problem you’re having. Praying, for those of you who are religious and spiritual, can be helpful.

Talking to God and praying for yourself and others you care about can help bring guidance, peace of mind, and clarity which can lead to happiness, which can lead to smiling again.

Once again, surround yourself with people who love and respect you. Kindness is a powerful trait people can give you. You can also give it to someone as well, remember that.

These people will be there for you when you need them. I know a friend who makes me smile just by being herself. Her personality cheers me up. I’m sure there are people in your life who are like that.

Wrap Up

It is possible to smile again after being hurt, losing someone, or going through a tough time in your life. If you’ve got good friends, family, and good health, be grateful for that and that can help you smile again. I found spending time in nature and appreciating its beauty brings a smile to my face; maybe it could do the same for you.

Try writing down your thoughts and see if that clears your mind and helps you smile. You would think that one simple gesture would be easy to do and yet it’s a real tough challenge for people to pull off. Take care, stay safe, and remember you are not alone, and you have worth in this world.

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  1. Just making your mouth smile makes you feel better, even if you don’t feel like it. I always start with the action instead of the feeling. Really liked this post.

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