Little Things Can Make Your Day Brighter

Studies have shown a link between a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, decreased stress and better blood sugar levels. Here are just a few everyday actions that can boost your spirits and your well-being

Reach out to a friend

Personal connections are more important than ever right now. Getting in touch with friends can help you fend off the COVID blues, so send a text, make a phone call or write a quick note to bring some added happiness to your day.

Spend time outside

Whether it’s a brisk walk over lunch or only the few minutes it takes to retrieve your mail, enjoy the fresh air.

Practice mindfulness

Incorporate breaks in your day to truly notice the here and now, not the worries for tomorrow or concerns about the past. Breathe, quiet your mind, take in your surroundings and appreciate the simple things, whether it’s savoring the fragrance and taste of a hot beverage or watching a leaf blowing in the wind.

Smile and others smile with you

While wearing a mask may hide the full beauty of your smile, the people you encounter will notice the sparkle in your eyes and react with a smile of their own. It’s a win-win because research shows that smiling improves your own mood in addition to spreading some joy to others.

Take the scenic route

Change up your routine by traveling a different route to the store or work. Sometimes a different view is all it takes to trigger a fresh attitude.

Give genuine compliments

The pandemic has caused us to limit physical contact with people, so we need to find new ways to show our appreciation and affection. Looking for reasons to compliment others helps us to see everyone in a more positive light.

Be kind to your mind

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, chronic pain, blood pressure and improve your overall mental health. There are a lot of great meditation apps available for download. Some of our favorites include: Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer, Aura and Smiling Mind. When you make positive thinking a daily habit, you can better react to the normal ups and downs of life.