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DBT Half-smile

Relax the face muscles and raise our lips to make a half-smile
Embracing happiness with the GLAD Technique
By 이승하 Seungha Lee, MSc

In the previous DBT skills training group, we practiced the Opposite Action skill through the half-smile mindfulness to experience one of the emotion regulation skills.  


For a minute or two, we imagined as if the events that made us angry or upset during the past week were happening at the very moment. We observed our thoughts and emotions, and any sensations that we noticed on our face and body. 


We then continued to imagine the situation that made us angry or upset with our hands put on our thighs facing upwards. We relaxed our facial muscles and slightly raised our lips making a half-smile. Again, for a minute or two, we observed our thoughts and feelings that occurred as well as any sensations on our face and body.  


One of the participants mentioned that she was still quite angry but at the same time experienced herself taking a step back from the situation, another participant observed that a small half-smile could reduce a significant amount of negative emotions as it is the exact opposite of what we usually do when we are upset.  


What were some of your observations during this mindfulness practice? Join the mindful journey of half-smile.


LOU-22-01 EN DBT Post Contents

I had doubted the purpose of life when I had to tolerate the painful difficulties, although I understood that life cannot be always without obstacles.

아동 청소년 자살행동의 변화 양상: 인종 차이와 위험 요인에 대한 연구

양미린ㅣMirin Yang, MA

어린 아동과 소수민족의 자살행동에 대한 연구를 통해 더 많은 정책과 지원, 그리고 보호체계가 만들어질 수 있고, 이를 연구하는 연구자들 역시 증가하게 될 것입니다. 우리 사회에서 소수자로서 살아가고 있는 이들에 대한 진정한 관심과 협력이 더욱 증진되기를 바랍니다.

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