I tend to smile alot whether I'm in pain or not...perhaps it due to the fear that someday my scleroderma will rob me of that ability.
Do you ever notice when you smile at others, more than likely, you get a smile in return? It feels good...doesn't it? Putting a smile on your face even when you don't really feel like smiling does have a positive affect on us. Others feel better and being around people who smile makes us feel better.
Looking on the bright side takes practice, especially if you are in pain. Sometimes just realizing things could be worse can make you feel better. I had a wonderful vacation recently, but I'm back home and in a crummy flare...I'm grateful for the great time I had and know there will be more good times to look forward to. Flares are crummy and at times a good cry and a pity party does help...but the sooner we can get that smile back on our face, the better.
Our emotional health plays a big part of how we deal with our physical pain. It is something I'm constantly aware of...if I let myself slide into the why me gal, it can be a slippery slope into feeling that much crummier...I've been there...so it is worth the effort everyday to try to look on the bright side and be grateful for all the good I do have in my life....this forum which has been a Godsend is always on my list.
Have a beautiful day, my friends