Believe it or not, YOU are the one that decides whether or not to be happy. No matter how much we have to deal with in this life, it is up to us to determine our state of mind. Smiling is one of the best ways to keep a positive outlook in life. So I just wanted to share with you a few things that have helped me turn that frown upside down.
1. Live a healthy lifestyle.
Nothing makes you smile like feeling great, having lots of energy and knowing that you are treating your body with respect. So a great way to keep a smile on your face is to exercise, eat right, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. I think this is a no brainer, but very important none the less.
2. Stay focused on the positive.
Another one that is very obvious and yet not so commonly implemented is to stay focused on the positive. No matter what the situation there is always a silver lining. Find the good that is always present and keep it at the forefront of your mind.
3. Be prepared to take a step back.
When the going gets tough you need to be ready and able to step out of the situation and get some air. By remaining in a bad place you will be making it that much harder to see the way out. But by taking a step back, clearing your head and getting a fresh perspective, you will be much more capable of maneuvering through any situation.
4. Spend time in nature.
I always find that nothing brightens my day like a good outing in the beautiful outdoors. Sunshine, fresh air, greens and blues, there’s nothing better. Always make time to stop and smell the roses, literally.
5. Serve Others.
People usually shy away from the word serve as something they would ever do for another human being. It sounds so demeaning. But serving others and putting their needs above your own is a wonderful way to keep a healthy perspective and show someone you care. Keep a look out for opportunities to fill a need and help another human being. There is no greater antidote to an unfulfilled life than that of helping others.
6. Never lose the kid in you.
The kid in you is the source of your greatest imagination and the innocence that allows for a fresh perspective. When we ‘grow up’ we should never loose this child inside, but instead we should embrace it as part of who we are and the great asset that it provides. There is no more genuine smile than that of a little child. That child is still inside you, you just have to let it out.
7. Always be flexible.
As important as it is to always have a plan, we need to remain flexible so that we can roll with the punches. Life is always going to throw us a curve now and again, but it is up to us to either let it get us down or make the necessary changes to keep moving forward. So always be prepared to make a change and your smile will stay intact.
8. Find healthy escapes.
Sometimes life is just too much to deal with. We need a place where we can feel safe and are able to think clearly. Whether it’s a hobby, location or just an experience, find that place where you can get away from the trials of life so you can rest and recoup to go back out and hit things head on. Just make sure it is a ‘healthy’ escape. It can be tempting to escape into those places that are hard to come back from. You will know it when you are in it. Just be clear with yourself that you will only stay if it is truly beneficial to your life.
9. Keep your priorities straight.
There is nothing more dangerous to your mental well being than misaligning the things that matter most. A common cause to an unnecessary frown is an over focused mind on that which is of little importance.
10. Appreciate the things you have.
Last but not least, never forget what you already have and how blessed you are to have it. Things like your family, friends, pets, etc. Always appreciate these things and you will never have to live another smile’less day.