We soon learn that if we put a smile on our face when feeling down, our spirits will automatically lift. The body ‘knows’ that a smile means happiness.
Interestingly though, knowing this doesn’t mean that we are always willing to comply and many times, we just absolutely refused to cheer up.
It’s an indication that sometimes the ego positively enjoys being miserable. It seems that if we talk of our misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to us; for where there is nothing but pure misery there is never any recourse to the mention of it. It can be enlightening to explore the pay-offs we get from our black moods.