Put on a happy face.
A smile is one of the best ways to lift your mood. Studies show that facial expressions can strongly influence feelings.
Use your nose.
The scent of orange can improve your mood while lavender helps reduce anxiety. Peel a clementine (they’re in season!) and take a sniff. Place some dried lavender in your pillowcase to help you drift off to sleep.
Studies have found that looking at flowers can result in an instant mood boost, reducing anxiety, negativity, and depression.
Think about something you’re thankful for. It’s impossible to be unhappy when you feel grateful. Get in the habit of starting and ending each day with a grateful heart.
Just be nice.
Give compliments, hug a friend, smile at a stranger. Making someone feel better makes you feel better, too. To quote author James Barrie, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
Be aware of minor miracles.
Cultivate a sense of awe by noticing life’s small treasures: a flower growing in a sidewalk crack, snow glittering in the sun, the full moon rising. Awareness of the wonders that surround us promotes happiness.