How to be happy: 3 steps to stress relief
by Shelley Langenhorst
Today is National Look on the Brightside Day. With the darker days, colder temperatures and threats of an apocalypse, taking a moment to think about the good things will probably do wonders for our health!
Even though the holidays are a time for cheer and togetherness, it can also be a sad time for some. Whether you are experiencing the Christmas blues now or need a perk year-round, taking time daily to really look on the bright side is an excellent factor for overall health (it’s not just diet and exercise!).
Check out these simple tips for looking on the bright side and turning your day around.
Nature does wonders for our mood and spirits. Get outside for a quick walk in the sunshine and feel the positive vibes flow. Take a moment to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature. Not only with the fresh air energize you, but the sunlight will give you plenty of mood boosting vitamin-d.
We talked about practicing gratitude as a way to stay sane throughout the holidays but it is a practice that is beneficial year round. When you find yourself feeling blue, grab a paper and pen and jot down everything you are grateful for.
You can start big and go small or vice versa. Think about it right now: what tops your gratitude list? Is it family and friends? A secure job? A beloved pet? Or are you simply grateful for time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a good book?
Focusing on gratefulness will leave you in a much better mood than being upset by small things like traffic.
One of the best ways to look on the bright side is with positive affirmations. Even on days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and everything goes wrong, a simply affirmation can turn things right around.
Look in the mirror and say “today is a wonderful day” or “I am very happy and blessed.” Even if you don’t really feel it, you can fake it till you make it. Keep repeating the phrase throughout the day and especially when you find yourself having negative thoughts. Change your habits and change your mind.
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