I'm gonna go ahead and call Bitchy Resting Face what it really is: misery, discontent, and selfishness.
Countenance: someone's face or expression.
Our countenance reflects what's inside. Plain and simple. You can argue that Bitchy Resting Face is genetics, but if you look at people who have nothing and yet are joyful you'll see a lack of Bitchy Resting Face.
Where do misery, discontent, and selfishness come from? You know what, scratch that. Let's start from the other side. Where does joy come from? Joy is a by-product of love, gratitude, and acceptance. It's hard to feel bad for yourself when you feeling gratitude. It's hard to be discontent when you are fulfilled. It's hard to miserable when giving and receiving love.
Think of your own examples of people you know who are joyful. Now, think of people you know who are kinda miserable. Think about the difference in their countenances.
Happy: an emotion affected by external circumstance.
A side effect of something good. A temporary emotional reaction to something you are pleased with.
Joy: a state of being despite external circumstances.
A side effect of love, gratitude, and acceptance. A deep state of being inside the heart and mind that sustains through challenges.
A mature person chooses gratitude and giving over selfishness. A mature person knows that pain is inevitable but misery is optional. A mature person seeks contentment thought healing and acceptance.
I'm going to trust that we all understand that the idea here is not to magically have Joyful Resting Face, but rather to practice, inhabit, and exude joyful traits that then show on our faces.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
If you're a believer you've already got joy in there. I hear Christians pray for joy, but I think the misunderstanding is that you already have it in you, and we should instead pray for the things that are holding us back from experiencing the joy that's been given.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control... (Galatians 5:22-23)
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