13 Tips to Keep You Smiling

  1. Ten minutes of focusing on the positive and visualising the future each day can change the way you look at life.
  2. Don’t take life so seriously – a good belly laugh helps digestion, helps lower blood pressure and releases natural pain killing endorphins that make you feel great and help to boost your immune system.
  3. Connect with Others. Research suggests that people who feel connected are happier and healthier.
  4. Help Others. Research suggests that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm and fewer pains
  5. Get professional help if you need it. If the problems in your life are stopping you from functioning well or feeling good, professional help can make a difference
  6. Give your partner, friend or family member a hug every day before work or school. Studies show this simple act can help you remain calm when chaos ensues during your day.
  7. Have a good cry. It can boost your immune system, reduce levels of stress hormones, eliminate depression, and help you think more clearly.
  8. Give yourself at least one compliment each day.
  9. Chewing a piece of sugarless gum may help lower a stress hormone called Cortisol.
  10. Do a puzzle, like Sudoku, each day. This will not only exercise your brain, but will also distract you from the things that are stressing you out.
  11. List 3 things you are grateful for every day. This will make you feel more positive, help you sleep better and make you feel more energetic and alert.
  12. If you find yourself paying more attention to your phone than to your family, or your heart speeds up whenever you see that flashing message light, take a BlackBerry break for a few hours (or even days).
  13. Singing is great for both mental and physical health. It is relaxing, improves breathing and even muscle tone.

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