Cheer up.

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I’ve found that dwelling in a bad mood can be dangerous, and even worse, habit forming. I’ve drawn up a list of silly little things that make me smile no matter what foul mood I’m in.

Things like; feeding the birds, or taking a bubble bath, are caring actions. And the world always needs more kindness. Eating bananas are scientifically proven to benefit sufferers of depression.¬†And they’re just kinda silly, aren’t they? Doing little things that give you a sense of accomplishment is an easy way to feel better about yourself. Rearranging the furniture, or hanging a few new pictures are really simple ways of feeling more in control of your environment and your ability to make positive changes in your life. Journaling is very important to me, having a private outlet where you can be truly honest keeps your heart light. Introspection is difficult and keeping a journal is a great tool to facilitate growth. It also enables you to look back and realise how far you’ve come! Sending a postcard to a friend, near or far, is a cheap, future affirming action that should give you something to look forward to. Don’t set your hopes on a written response though, it’s a lot of effort for the average Joe. Rather focus on what their response will be when they receive it. You only get sent bills these days, everyone loves getting a letter. You can even send something anonymously if you really want to stir things up. If you’re having a bad day try one or all of the above. Personally, my favourite distraction is cuddling up with a good animation. Specifically, Wall-E, cheers me up every time.

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