One of Ian K. Smith’s Happy has some great tips and tricks to keep you going with a smile on your face!
Here’s what I thought was one of the best takeaways from the book:
“Ways to Turn a Bad Day into a Good One
Write a letter to someone who has affected your life and thank the person for all he or she has done.
Pray and/or meditate and remind yourself of all the opportunities that life offers. Mentally, make difficult situations temporary and acknowledge that they will eventually go away. Instead, focus on the more positive things that you have to look forward to.
Pick a favorite song to play and sing along with it. It is not easy to be sad when you’re singing to music that makes you happy.
Commit an act of kindness and do something for someone you love. Bask in the smile on that person’s face and his cheerfulness.
Play with children. The natural happiness and silliness of children can be contagious. They’ll make you see the world in a new way.
Count your blessings. Life isn’t always perfect, and there are moments or sadness and difficulty, but think about all the things that have gone right in your life. Try to list five of them.
Call the most uplifting and positive person you know. Conversing with someone who has a positive outlook can put those bad moments or situations in perspective.
Do some type of physical activity. Release those endorphins–happy chemicals–into your bloodstream.
Play with your pet if you have one. Pets, especially dogs, offer unconditional love.
Look at the bigger picture. Think about this being only one day of your life and all the other days you have ahead of you that will be meaningful and happy. Don’t allow yourself to be stalled by a day that, however challenging, will be over with the next sunrise.”
~Believe you can make it and you will…no matter what happens in life, there is always something to smile about.~