Stressed? Bite a pen

Stressed? Bite a pen!

This unusual advice was given by Ami Hemviken at Passion for Projects in Malmö.

The intention is not to bite away your frustration and stop yourself from screaming. The intention is to fool yourself into thinking you are smiling.

It is hardly surprising that smiling makes you happier. What might be less known is that a fake smile will also do the trick. If you’re so stressed and angry you can’t make yourself smile, biting a pen will be good enough.

Changing how you feel by changing your physiology is one of the fastest ways to change your state.

Feel worried, stressed, frustrated?

Bite a pen, stand in a wonder woman pose, or raise your arms above your head in a victory pose.

The worst thing that can happen is that someone will see you and laugh. And voilà, you will have made them feel better 😊.


How to deal with criticism - a tip from "the president of the rich"

“I don’t mind if it’s fair or not, to be honest with you. I am in charge, and I am the leader, so I take it.”
Image: Part of a photo by Christopher Anderson for TIME.

French president Emmanuel Macron about being called “the president of the rich”.

We all fear two things:

Not being loved and not being enough.

When we get criticized these exact fears get activated.

It is not possible to be liked by everyone, anymore than it is possible for a song to be liked by everyone. Think about it; being on the top of the charts doesn’t mean everyone likes your song. It only means the majority does.

We all want everyone to love what we do and who we are, but that will never happen.

The majority might like what you do, but there will always be those who think differently.

There is only one way to avoid criticism:
Say nothing, Do nothing, Be nothing.
Another, in my opinion better, way is to do as Monsieur Macron.
Just take it and move on.