If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, now is the time to use those sunny skies to improve your outlook on life. Partaking in life’s little pleasures is even easier during the summer season, and you can choose certain activities that’ll uplift your mood in an instant.
“Most people don’t realize that happiness is a choice,” says Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness. “Happiness is learning to live your best life by figuring out a better way to react to what happens to you. It’s the culmination of all of the little actions, choices, and habits that fill our days, as well as how we think about them.” So go on, get happy!
Here are six simple steps that will help!
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It’s hard to resist the call of the great outdoors when the sun is shining and the grass is green. “Take advantage of the wonderful weather and up your activity level!” Patkin says. It doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon. Just 20 minutes a day will improve your outlook immensely.
“Exercise will relax you, make you feel stronger, and improve your sleep. It’s also a natural anti-depressant that will boost your mood. And as time passes, you’ll gain the added bonus of being happier with your physical appearance as well.”
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, known as “Dr. Happy,” suggests starting at home. “Jump on the bed, dance around the house, and race your kids to the car. Any type of activity will boost your happiness,” she says.
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