A Cure for RBF?

Oh my gawd. I just cured my RBF! 😲

Text states Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist
Photo of a beautiful African American woman with short curly hair style smiling, facing straight forward. Wearing a blue sweatshirt. Text in blue states: What are you grateful for, today? Subtitle states One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a regular gratitude practice. mdillondesigns.com

Growing up in the city, I learned very quickly that if you don’t want people to bother you, you don’t walk around smiling all the time. Unfortunately, I did that for so long that my facial muscles developed a habit of making me look like I’m about to fight somebody. 🤣 Yes. As nice as I am, I have resting b*tch face…. well, I guess I should say, “I had… RBF.”

Let me tell you what I just did!

Okay, so I decided to start my day out with a post, asking you what you are grateful for. I happened to look at myself in the mirror seconds later and noticed that my permanent frown was starting to make my face look old. Being a strong believer in “black don’t crack,” I refuse to have a saggy jaw. So I followed an odd inspiration that came to me, to hold a smile for 200 seconds.

Let me tell you how my face was trembling trying to hold that smile. I stayed committed, though. I mean an ear to ear, “Koolaid” smile! I counted backwards from 200. Doing both simultaneously required so much focus that it ended up being like meditation. I cleared out all my thoughts. It was taking everything to keep my face in that position. 😂 You shoulda seen me chair dancing and everything else, just to make it to that last second.

So this is the cool part. When I made it zero, I was so proud of myself. I was still staring at myself in the mirror… and laughing. And you know how you take that breath after a good laugh? I exhaled, inhaled, and….. my face went back to a smile! 😲 Like no matter what I did it defaulted back to a smile. Even now, minutes later, I’m still smiling!

Now, I don’t know if this will work for you. But if you have RBF and are willing to drop the ax murderer scowl, maybe give it a try. I’m not claiming this is a tested fact. Today, was my first time…. All I know is, I can’t stop smiling. 😁😁😁😁😁

Yeah, so that’s how I cured my RBF. If by chance it tries to return, I know exactly what to do.

I hope this true story helped you smile.

Oh… by the way, what are you grateful for, today? 😁

Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist#Proud2BNaturalMe❤️💜💙💚

Published by Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist

Marlene Dillon is the CEO of MDillon Designs & Publishing. I teach girls to believe in themselves and choose relationships that support their goals. I teach children that their dreams are possible and that they are lovable. I teach parents to communicate with their children in healthy ways. In short, I.U.S.E. people. Inspire. Uplift. Support. Empower.

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