23 May 2017

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Easy Ways To Turn That Frown Upside Down



We all strive to be happy. Nothing beats the feeling of when you’re laughing so much your tummy hurts, or you can’t stop smiling. Sadly, it’s just not realistic to feel ecstatic every day, but there are lots of things you can do if you are having one of those days when you’re finding it hard to turn your frown upside down.

Get connected

If you’re feeling down, connecting with others can lift your mood and make you smile. Even if you can’t schedule a drink after work or a lunch date, sending a text message or chatting on the phone can make all the difference. It’s good to have time to yourself from time to time, but sometimes, you need others to change your mood. Give that friend that always makes you laugh a call or get some reassurance from your mom. It’s amazing the difference other people can make to how you feel.


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Be creative

Do you have a job that requires you to be on the ball 24/7? Are you surrounded by spreadsheets or do you spend most of your day trying to close deals or negotiate with clients? Many of us have jobs that don’t allow us to express ourselves, and being creative in your spare time can really help you to cope with stress, but also to celebrate your creativity and have some fun. Are you a dab hand with a hammer and an avid fan of upcycling furniture or do you love painting or sewing? Are you an aspiring writer or do you love trying out new recipes in the kitchen? Whatever you enjoy, taking time out to have fun and express yourself can do you a world of good.


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Get some vitamin D

Do you spend most of the week cooped up in an office or a studio? If you haven’t seen the light of day for a while, get some vitamin D. Even a 5-minute stroll in the sunshine during your lunch break can make you feel more energetic and motivated. Go for a job after work, take your bike out or spend the evening chilling out in your garden.




Stretch!

Have you ever noticed the difference in your mood before and after a workout? Even if you’re dreading going to the gym, you don’t want to go to your yoga class, or you can’t be bothered to go for a swim, you’ll always emerge in a better mood and 99 percent of the time, you’ll be glad that you made the effort to exercise. Exercise helps you to manage stress, it clears your mind, and it causes your body to release happy hormones. Next time you’re thinking of missing a session, remember how great you’ll feel afterwards.


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All of us want to be happy. Even the jolliest people have days when they’re not their usual cheery self, but there are some simple pick-me-ups you can use to put a smile back on your face. Hopefully, this guide will have you grinning again in no time.


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