Fake it 'till you make it

So many people mistake "fake it 'till you make it" as an instruction to just pretend you're happy. Smile when you feel sad and ignore your problems. It's not supposed to be encouraging you to bottle it all up and perform happiness. It's supposed to be the question "if I had better mental health, what would I do in this situation?" Because the answer is typically you'd have a good cry, take a shower, do a hobby you like, and text a friend. It doesn't mean ignore your problems until they pour out of you at 2am. It means imagine a happier you and then steal their moves. It means see if you can replicate the result. If people with better mental health think "I love myself, I'll do that thing for me" fake it 'till you make it encourages you to think "people who love themselves do that thing for themselves, I'll do it too."

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