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  1. Senior Member
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    fake it till I make it

    What is the following in red saying?

    If I choose to enter a room with a sense of joy and excitement, my positive mood will spread and will affect those present. And while I should certainly allow myself to experience painful emotions at times, in some situations it may be appropriate to "fake it till I make it" and imbue myself and others with positive energy.

    Does it mean "pretend to be happy till I become really happy"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: fake it till I make it

    Yes. This is not a new thing, but it's a newly fashionable expression. In The King and I there's the song

    Whenever I feel afraid
    I strike a careless pose
    And whistle a happy tune
    So no-one ever knows
    I'm afraid.
    But Gertrude Lawrence, singing the year before I was born, would never have said 'Fake it till you make it'.

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