2 Ways to Be and Stay Happy

Have you ever woken up and felt alone? Felt like if you didn’t reach out to people that you would never hear from them again? That you are a simply a dot on the map; that you are insignificant?

I have woken up this way. It’s a tricky place to be; more than half of yourself wants to continue down the path least resistance – feeling alone and in a way, depressed. However, a sliver of you knows that your mental state and attitude are totally under your own control.

The big question we all face on these types of days is how to convince yourself to proceed through your day with a smile on your face. Well that’s a great place to start: you simply need to smile.

When you smile, your brain naturally releases dopamine into your bloodstream. Dopamine is one of two “happy” hormones, the other being serotonin. Dopamine is a natural mood booster. Even when you believe there is no hope for positivity, smiling will prove you wrong. It may take a few minutes for you to experience the effects, however if you smile for 30 seconds, pause, and repeat – in a few minutes you will feel a buzz in your brain and thoughts that facilitate the mindset: positivity is all in my head.

What else can you do to turn your day around? The next step is simple, think of 5 things that you are grateful for, and say them out loud. These could be your family, your friends, your dog, the warm water coming from your shower, the blanket that keeps you cozy at night, the opportunities you had yesterday, or those that this new day will inevitably present. My personal favorite is being grateful for my strength of mind and ability to recognize that my attitude and paradigm are under my power. Grateful people are content people, and content people understand that time passes and experiences change. By practicing gratitude – you too will soon think this way.

So if you wake up feeling a little down or a little alone in life, practice these two things. And be sure to extend a hand to those you care about. This act contradicts the notion of isolation and, who knows, they could have started today feeling the same way you did, and you could be the one to change their perspective.

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