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Some days are great, everything falls into place and you could not be happier. Then comes the other days, the days where morale is low, you can’t find anything to uplift your mood. We all have those days, where we just have to look a little harder.  Here are six things you can do to bring positivity and happiness into your life.

Tip #1: Write in a gratitude journal every day

Make sure to be specific!  A number of studies have found gratitude to be linked with positive emotions, and overall well-being and life satisfaction.

Tip #2: Challenge your negative thinking

Ask yourself, “Is there another more positive way I could view this?”  Hundreds of studies have shown that being able to think optimistically is good for your health and well-being

Tip #3: Listen to music that sounds the way you want to feel

Research has shown that music activates the region of the brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and also relaxes the body.  So “happy” music can, in fact, make you feel happier!

Tip #4: Follow your passion

Do something you feel excited about.  Volunteer for a cause you believe in or sign up for a class to learn something new.  Several studies have shown that people who feel a sense of meaning in their lives are healthier, live longer and have greater life satisfaction.

Tip #5: Cultivate and live in a positive environment

Who you choose to spend your time with and the input you get from further away from the TV, the internet and magazines will have a huge effect on your outlook. To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down. So carefully consider what you let into your mind.

Tip #6: Smile!

It might sound simplistic, but research has shown that it actually helps you feel happier.  Feedback sent to the brain from facial muscles can actually impact the development of emotions and the effect is even stronger if you combine the smile with a positive thought.  So smile!

Until next week!

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