7 things to make you smile instantly
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Let’s face it, we could all do with cheering up every now and then. It’s only natural to have good days and bad days – so if you’re feeling down, don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, try taking some of these positive steps to boost your mood…
1. Phone a friend
There’s nothing like getting in touch with a good friend to boost your mood and talk about what’s worrying you, but modern life is busy and we’re not able to see our friends as much as we’d like.
So when you’re feeling blue, pick up the phone and get in touch with a good friend. Whether that’s a leisurely chat with a cup of tea, a video call over a glass of something cold or even just a messaging session, catching up can really help to lift any dark clouds. It’s what friends are for!
2. Look your best
You might want to slob out on the sofa in your sweats, but making an effort with your appearance can help to brighten your day. Put your face on, do your hair and wear a favourite outfit. The confidence of knowing you look good will translate into feeling good too.
And it’s not just about what you wear. You’re more likely to want to flash your pearly whites if they’re in tip-top condition. Oral-B’s new Gumline Purify toothpaste reduces plaque, even at the gum line, by targeting hard-to-reach places with its unique activated foam formula. Plus, its fresh peppermint flavour will cool your gums and freshen your mouth. So with a healthy mouth and fresh breath, you won’t think twice before breaking out that big smile!
3. Let’s go outside
When you’re down, the temptation is often to hibernate at home and hide from the world. Getting outside and experiencing the great outdoors may not seem appealing when the weather isn’t at its best, but even a short walk to get some exercise and appreciate Mother Nature will help you feel better.
4. Just kidding around
It sounds soppy, but just hearing the sounds of children laughing can melt even the hardest of hearts. So enjoy some precious time playing with the kids or grandkids – it’ll brighten their day too. Even a quick call to catch up with a niece, nephew or a friend’s little one is sure to have you grinning long before you hang up!
5. Name that tune
Music helps us remember the good times, which can really raise your spirits. Listening to a favourite song or album floods the brain with dopamine, a feel-good hormone, so you’ll soon be dancing your cares away and singing along.
6. Pet your pets
Calling all animal lovers – being around a beloved furry friend is a sure-fire way to bring a burst of bliss into your life. As well as feeling good, stroking your cat or dog can lower blood pressure and make you feel calmer.
7. Good mood food
Sometimes, all it takes to alleviate a dark mood is some dark chocolate. As well as being totally delicious, good-quality dark chocolate contains anandamide, a compound that can make you feel good and is known to block feelings of pain and sadness. See, chocolate IS good for you!
What is guaranteed to put a smile on your face? Let us know in the comments below.