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5 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happier

Recognizing you are not happy and taking steps to turn that around is a huge thing!

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Be Kind

Being kind without expectation is the way to go here. We have all experienced being kind to someone and they were not kind back. If that happens enough it may be hard to be kind. But if you are being kind so you can be happier then next time someone is unkind it won’t even phase you. One of the simplest ways to be kind is to just listen. Sometimes people just need to talk. They are not looking to you for an answer they just need to get some stuff off their chest. Another thing you can do is give someone a genuine compliment. We all love compliments and giving them is even better. One more thing you can do is invite someone out with you and your friends. Risky? Maybe. But hey, why not give it a try. It’s always nice to be thought of and invited to stuff. 

Smile and Be Happier

Try it right now. Smile. See how easy that was. We all have that go-to resting face. What if we all tried to smile more. When you make eye contact with someone give them a smile. Odds are they will smile back. Smiling is contagious like that. Then again depending on how you smile they may look at you like, What in the world are you smiling at? But that’s okay because we are working on how you can be happier today. Smiling can trick our brains into thinking we are happy. Sometimes you just have to fake it till you make it. 

Go for a Walk

Release the endorphins! The be happier drug our body makes and our brain loves. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it! All you have to do is slip on those tennis shoes, open the door and step through it. Walking in your neighborhood is a great way to get in a little, dare I say it, exercise. We all know the benefit of moving especially in our sedentary world of office chairs. 

Play With a Pet

Playing with a pet has huge physical and mental benefits that will help you be happier. I am going to lay some facts on you from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says studies have shown the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, opportunities for socialization and bring happiness to their owners. Some of the health benefits of having a pet include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. If you don’t have a pet volunteering at an animal shelter or visiting a petting zoo are great options. If you are thinking about getting an adorable bundle of joy then you should check out Preferable Pups. Just think of all the benefits a dog can bring to your life.

Laugh

Hearing a laugh is a fantastic thing. Laughing yourself is even better. Studies have shown laughter to boosts the immune system it decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. These things improve your resistance to disease. Endorphins are released when you laugh. That amazing feel-good chemical can give you a sense of well-being. Much like smiling laughing can be contagious. What a great thing to spread around, the sound of laughter.  

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