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To Create Unshakable Optimism Lift the Corners of Your Mouth

Churchill understood the power of optimism to set the foundation for victory. 

Churchill said in 1910, “I am one of those, ‘who believe that the world is going to get better and better.’ He deprecated negative thinking. In a speech to his officers in the trenches in France in 1916, Churchill exhorted: ‘Laugh a little, and teach your men to laugh. . . If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.’”

What can humor do for you?

According to the Mayo Clinic: “Laughter is a stress RelieVER!” Listening to a funny TV show, reading a cartoon in the newspaper or reading a funny article can help you smile and relax, releasing your stress and depression.


  • Laughter “LOWERS your heart rate and blood pressure. Laughter CALMS YOU DOWN ,relieves pain, helping your body to  produce its own natural painkillers.”
  • Laughter helps you “cope with difficult situations and helps you connect with other people.”

How can you remember humorous stories and anecdotes?

When you think of a funny joke, read a funny joke , or hear a funny joke write it down in your humor notebook for things to share with family and friends.

Let’s test out a little humor:

A young couple with very little money gets married in a small ceremony with two witnesses. The new wife says to her new husband “I’d like to go out to eat at the little Scottish place around the corner!”

The new husband says to his new wife , “We can’t afford to go out to a meal and we don’t have any Scottish restaurants here!”

New wife says, “Yes we do. It’s Mac Donald’s and we can afford it too!” (From author, Diana Palmer)

Winston Churchill, “We are all worms. But I believe I am a glow-worm!”

Churchill, “ A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”

So, how can you instantly change your mood? 

Try it with me:Lift the corners of your mouth to create unshakable optimism

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., is an Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, concert artist, and parent. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere books are sold. If you need a virtual speaker contact Madeline at:

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