7 Ways to Keep Smiling No Matter What

I say it, you read it each time, but is it really possible to “keep smiling” through all the trials that life throws at you? If you’ve been following me for a while, you know my signature phrase is “keep smiling,” but you may not know why I chose it or what it really means to me. Ever since I was five years old and in ballet class, my bubbly personality gave me the nickname “smiles.” Why change that carefree spirit when we have so much to smile about? My goal is to always be ready to conquer each day and any challenges it may bring with a smile! In collaboration with all of my wonderful followers, I’ve asked my friends to share their own reasons to keep smiling. My dear friends who have lifted me up and encouraged me, I dedicate this post to you.HERboutique.com | 7 ways to keep smiling no matter what | Business professional fashion

Regardless of your circumstances, you can always find reasons to power through any trial with a smile on your face. I know from experience that the times I didn’t feel like smiling were the times I needed it the most. Even when you don’t feel like it, you’ll be thankful you did, because of the many benefits it brings to yourself and to others. That very smile you felt reluctant to give could be the very thing that someone else needed to brighten up their day. It all begins with a smile.

1. Remember, a smile is a beautiful way to shine.

Keep smiling because…

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When smiling becomes harder than it should, I am reminded that all I need is a little perspective change. By staying positive and putting my situation into perspective, smiling becomes much easier.

2. Change your perspective.

Keep smiling because…

Finding the little things that make you smile and pursuing it more is sometimes just the motivation you need to keep you smiling throughout the day. Write down a short list of what makes you smile and make it a point to enjoy one thing of it every day. It could be as simple as a hug from a loved one or an activity you rarely make time for. Life is indeed short, but by taking the time to enjoy it to the fullest will be worth it in the end!

3. Enjoy the little things.

Keep smiling because…

Staying positive can be difficult to do especially when you are going through a tough time. However, every day has something positive if you choose to seek it out.

4. Look for the positive.

Keep smiling because…

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HERboutique.com | 7 ways to keep smiling no matter what | Business professional fashionPersonally, life has been tough for me lately. Really tough. I can’t seem to catch a break from everything that is coming my way. One thing that helps me get through this defeated mindset is realizing it’s only a season and my trials won’t last forever. These trials are only making me stronger!

5. Realize it’s only for a time.

Keep smiling because…

Many of my faith-based friends and followers shared that God is what helps them smile no matter what. I’m in complete agreement. God is my rock and I’m so thankful to have Him to rely on when times are tough.

6. Keep your faith.

Keep smiling because…

HERboutique.com | 7 ways to keep smiling no matter what | Business professional fashionHERboutique.com | 7 ways to keep smiling no matter what | Business professional fashionIt’s true, not every day is perfect, but an attitude of thankfulness can easily rid any feelings of negativity that bring you down. Having an attitude of gratitude should not be limited to the holiday season, where Thanksgiving provides the tradition for so many to give thanks. Wake up thankful, practice it throughout the day, and go to bed remembering all of the days blessings. Personally, I love to reflect and keep a gratitude journal so that I never miss an opportunity to express what I’m thankful for.

7. Express gratitude.

Keep smiling because…

Whether or not you realize it, you have the capability of changing your view of a negative situation with just a simple smile on your face. Finding those reasons to smile, no matter what, will carry you through anything you face throughout the day. If I can do it, I know you can too! Thanks to all my friends who helped contribute to this post. I’m so thankful for you and I keep smiling because you fill my heart with joy!

I’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts in the comments below and finish this sentence, “Keep smiling because…”

Keep smiling!


Join this amazing community of readers from around the world and you’ll discover that Style Miss Molly is much more than pretty pictures. I promise I’ll try my best to bring a smile to your face!

You can find me on Pinterest to see things that “pin-spire” me, Twitter to learn more about what makes me smile, and of course, Facebook because let’s face it, I’m on it too much, and Instagram, which is basically my favorite place to hang out with you all! “See” you there!


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Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. November 16, 2016 / 6:53 am

    Well this post definitely had me smiling! I absolutely love that you included quotes and reasons and all that from so many other bloggers and Instagrammers. What a unique idea, babe! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today. I needed it! 🙂

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • November 16, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! It was from an Instagram shoutout I did a while back and finally put the quotes together! Hugs to you babe!

  2. Thomas Falkenstedt
    November 16, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Molly, I know we all have ups and downs, but in whatever state of mind I’m in, reading your posts always make me happy! 🙂 You tell us to keep smiling and honestly, I keep smiling much because of you. So thanks for making me smile when I needed it the most, again! 🙂


    • November 16, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      You know how to put a smile on my face Thomas! Thanks for being you! You’re awesome!

  3. November 16, 2016 / 8:41 am

    What a beautiful post – it definitely brought a smile to my face! 🙂 I love the quotes you included from other fellow bloggers and IGers. Simply beautiful!

  4. brownpaperdoll
    November 16, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Well you have an absolutely grogeous smile… so thanks for sharing!
    This post was just so refreshing and positive…what a welcome reminder to keep smiling!

    Lauren Ashley

  5. November 16, 2016 / 10:23 am

    YES, YES and YES! Smiling is my favorite (just like Buddy the Elf 😉 ). The world definitely needs more love, smiles and hugs!


  6. November 16, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Love this. Smiling is ESSENTIAL. ANd you do a hella good job of smiling through it all, Miss Molly!

    Coming Up Roses

  7. Luna C. Lupus
    November 16, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I think people underestimate the power of a smile – especially when things aren’t going so smooth. I love smiling and I love being surrounded by smiley people! Such a heartwarming post, this one <3


    • November 16, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      I think you’re so right! We both can make efforts to spread the smile love 🙂

    • November 16, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you Rachel! It says fearless. I got it a couple months ago to remind me daily I can get through anything fearlessly!

        • Lei
          August 10, 2018 / 12:35 am

          Hi Miss Molly can you tell me the sunglasses you are wearing on this. Thanks a lot.

  8. November 16, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I love all the reminders to be happy and positive in this post Molly! You’re always such a ray of sunshine. We all have days that we feel less than wonderful but there are always reasons to look for the good. Love that your nickname at Ballet was “smiles”! Keep that smile and positivity! It’s always so joyful!


    • November 26, 2016 / 7:28 am

      Aw Ellie, thank you! We all need to spread that powerful positivity a little more 🙂

  9. Marissa Pedersen
    November 16, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I love this post, especially appreciating the little things in life! That’s so important.

  10. Nadia
    November 17, 2016 / 3:25 am

    I can’t even start telling you how much I LOVED this post, gorgeous!!! You’re just so beautiful, inside and out. I am so happy we share the same faith and I can relate to each and every point up there, beauty.
    Not only a smile means the same thing in every language in the world (how awesome is that?!) but also we have SOOOOOO many reasons to smile and be thankful every single day. It starts with the moment we get to open our eyes in the morning. What a blessing it is on its own 🙂
    Love ya girl & thanks for this fab post <3
    Hope you're having a lovely week!
    xox Nadia

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Nadia, I am so appreciative of your kind words! I love that we share the same faith 🙂 It’s really important to me. Such an exciting concept that smiles mean the same thing in every language! Love your perspective so much! Have a great weekend!

  11. McKenna Moe
    November 17, 2016 / 9:15 am

    You look radiant, Molly! So happy to have seen you at the Northgate event.

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Aww thanks babe! So great to see you too! Can’t wait for the next event 🙂

  12. November 17, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Great tips!! I absolutely love this professional look!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much Tamara! I love what a pencil can do for some professional vibes! Have a great weekend!

  13. November 17, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    You are always too cute!! So good seeing you last night girl! You sure make a broken wrist stylish and love that it’s not stopping you!!


    • November 26, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Aw thanks Sarah! That’s such a sweet compliment! I can’t wait to see you again. You always look amazing and bring my heart so much joy with your smile!

  14. Linh Dao
    November 17, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    This post makes me soooo happy! first, you look soo amazing and two your smile is beautiful and because it is beautiful to smile! Thanks for the tag Molly. Keep on smiling because the world can use your precious smile! This is such a beautiful post.


  15. November 17, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Your smile is contagious babe! I love your spirit – no matter what life throws at us, keep on smiling!!! you have presented others perspective so beautifully through the post.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks Sharon! I completely agree with you! Smiles are the greatest accessory. You wear yours well! 😀

  16. Zana Djakovic
    November 18, 2016 / 12:07 am

    Babe! First of all thank you for the feature. I think this was great idea – loving it! As always, these words put smile on my face! Thanks for making my day better! Keep shining my love and stay postive!❤

  17. November 18, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Aw! Thanks for including me, sweet girl! I love you and ALWAYS have your back! XO

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:11 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for always sharing your wisdom and insights with the world. Love you!

    • November 26, 2016 / 7:22 am

      Writing the little things down always helps me massively! It’s so easy to forget sometimes! Thanks for reading 🙂

  18. brittany
    November 18, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    This is so true!!! Smiling can do wonders for yourself AND others.


  19. Lindsey
    November 18, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Aw so flattered to see you included my advice! I need to read this post every day because I could use some reminding myself lately!


  20. November 19, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Molly this is so lovely and inspiring! Thank you for sharing my comment.., so kind of you ! I hope the load gets lighter … and life brings you great things! Xo


  21. Kait Elizabeth
    November 19, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Molly this post is seriously inspired! It makes me smile how you support your fellow bloggers. Thank you for sharing this! Hugs, Kait

    • November 26, 2016 / 7:19 am

      It’s always so lovely to hear when my posts have truly inspired someone, so thank you Kait!

  22. November 20, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Great post babe! Thanks for sharing these smiling tips with us!

    Xo, Shaine
    Bad Habits

  23. Monika
    November 22, 2016 / 10:59 am

    You do have the most beautiful smile! this was such a beautiful posts and thank you for featuring all of us 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

    • November 26, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Thank you Monika, glad you enjoyed the read and thanks again for your contribution 🙂

  24. November 27, 2016 / 7:03 am

    This truly brought a smile to my face.
    What a fun and unique idea for the post. Loved reading all the comments.
    Keep sharing the joy dear!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

  25. Victoria
    January 11, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    I’m behind on commenting on this post, but I loved reading it. Thanks for including me friend! 🙂 keep smiling ! Xo

  26. Thomas
    February 24, 2020 / 6:02 pm

    Those are great ways to smile and always be positive! Molly this is terrific really appreciate this. I find it energetic and such delightful! Like your smile thank you

  27. David
    November 16, 2021 / 7:37 am

    This site that I read a for a minutes ago made me feel happy. Is an important change for every day, hour and minute, so it is a gift what we learn during the days. This falling of hope made me smile to understand how it feels.

    Thank you for making me smile and will continue in the future.

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