I have always thought of myself as a happy go lucky kind of gal who typically see the metaphorical glass as half full. A true optimist in every curveball life can throw at me. I was always the one people came to be cheered up, perked up or even pumped up. I have noticed that as I get older it’s getting harder to be the Pollyanna of my past. I am going to try and nip my cynical tendencies in the bud and try and be happier! These are some ways I hope to get my groove back.

Tune out: Nothing can kill a good mood quicker than watching the news. The worse the story the more the media wants to show it. Try and avoid TV news if you can, opt for a kinder gentler news report like public radio. Scroll quickly by any online or social media articles that feature tragedy or violence, instead read the ones that focus on inspiration and hope.

Meditation: Yoga or meditation can help alleviate stress and negativity by focusing on your breathing to help you relax and focus on your inner peace. Classes for this are everywhere, some even help you get in shape while learning to relax. This is a win-win and brings me to my next tip, exercise.

Exercise: This is a habit that is hard to start, but once you do you will be hooked. A simple walk or run will help you clear you mind and strengthen your body. Studies have shown that exercise can release endorphins (a hormone in your brain) that actually make you feel good. Plus the added bonus of looking good from all that exercise.

Eat Right: You are what you eat, so if you want to feel good, eat good! Fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods that aren’t full of chemicals and preservatives can help you cleanse your body of toxins that have built up in your system from poor diet choices that make you feel tired and depressed.

Pamper Yourself: Do one thing a week just for you. This is probably the hardest thing to do because you are always doing for everyone else. Something as small as treating yourself to a latte and drinking it while sitting on a sunny bench is all you need to reboot your over stressed system. A mani-pedi, new hair cut or facial can do wonders to turn that frown upside down.

Phone a Friend: Talking to a good friend or close relative and venting is another way to unload your burdens and have a fresh outlook when finished. A good listener is sometimes all we need and when the time comes you can reciprocate and cheer them up.

Sometimes looking on the bright side can be a lot tougher than it sounds but try a few of these helpful ideas and you may be surprised how easy it can be. If you find you need a little extra push try the mobile app called “Happier” it’s a free app that helps you feel, um…happier! Inspiring articles, a happiness journal and lots more to keep you motivated toward a happier life. I hope this article was helpful and please let me know what you do to make yourself happy. Thanks for keeping it EZ!

Truly, Kristin