The Smile Room

About This Technique

Daily smiles and laughter can be useful in treating depression, trauma, eating disorders, and more. Intentionally increasing positive and pleasurable behaviors – and making playfulness, humor, and fun a daily practice – has been shown to increase joy and contentment.

About This Room

This Room is designed to help clients who are struggling to feel pleasure and joy in their lives. The intention is to make humor, playfulness, and simple pleasures a daily practice. This Room can be useful with mild to severe depression, but would normally be combined with other interventions, including medication in more severe cases of depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. This Room asks the client to: “Put an image, song, or video in your Room every day for a week. Use the chart to record something you do each day to add a little more pleasure to your life.”

Using the Elements in Other Rooms

While you may want to use this Room as-is, you may also want to add the Content to other treatment Rooms. The content can be found below. Follow the directions to add it to any VCR Room.


This video is a compilation of all the very best laughing babies in the world. To add this video to a Room, use the “Upload YouTube Video” Element and copy and paste the link:

Click here to find additional content for the Virtual Counseling Rooms. 



The mission of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology, resilience, and grit. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, cultivate what is best within themselves, and enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.


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