We all feel a bit blue at times and need a bit of cheering up. Here are some things you can do to quickly put a smile back on your face.
Put some humor in your life. Do you have a favorite comic strip, TV show or web site that makes you laugh?
Take a quick break to enjoy it.
This site always makes me laugh.
Jump. Working out releases endorphins that can make you feel happier and more energetic. I recently bought a mini trampoline, and when I feel down or tired I jump up and down for a few minutes. It instantly picks me up. If you don’t have a trampoline handy, try doing jumping jacks, skipping rope or just taking a brisk walk—anything to get your heart pumping and the endorphins flowing.
Call a friend. Talking with a friend can instantly pick you up, especially if you do not talk as often as you would like. Remember that this is not a gripe session, so call a positive-thinking friend and keep the conversation upbeat.
Finish something. Are there tasks that have been on your to-do list forever? Pick one and do it. Any one, it doesn’t matter how small. Then cross it off your list. If that does not make you smile, nothing will.
Eat chocolate. No, I don’t mean absent-mindedly gobbling that half a Snickers bar you found smashed in the bottom of your purse. I’m talking about enjoying the really good stuff. Keep a square of premium chocolate stashed away for the times when you need a special treat. I prefer Santa Barbara Chocolate white chocolate. Eat it slowly and savor it. Not only does chocolate have health benefits (especially dark chocolate), it tastes really good.
Put on happy music. Get out the iPod and cue up your favorite song–you know, the one that makes you tap your feet, or recalls memories of an especially wonderful time. You will be smiling before the end of the first verse.
Make someone else smile. Doing something nice for someone else is the surest way to put a smile on your own face. Whether you perform a random act of kindness for a stranger or do something special for a friend or family member, their happiness will make you feel happy, too.