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Ten little ways to boost your positivity

 
When things get tough, it’s *so* easy to focus on everything that’s wrong with your life. Soon enough, something as small as dropping your pencil during class can ruin your day. But if you take little steps to change your mentality and be more positive, your whole outlook on life can change for the better. To get you started, here are ten little things you can do. 

Be thankful

Whether it’s thanking your mom for dropping you off at school everyday or appreciating the deliciousness that is cookie dough ice cream, learn to enjoy the little things. 

Stop comparing yourself to others

Everyone has tough stuff going on in their lives, but no one posts about it on Instagram—they only publicize the good stuff. So instead of being jealous of someone’s trip to Costa Rica, think about that awesome time you had at the park with your besties last month.

Fake it 'til you make it

If you pretend you’re positive, soon enough you will be. It’s all about believing in yourself and knowing that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Start a happiness jar

Every time something good happens, jot it down on a colorful piece of paper and drop it in a jar. Next time you catch yourself with negative thoughts, pick some of the notes out of the jar and remind yourself of some of the great things about your life, like that time you aced your Spanish test or saw the prettiest flowers in your neighbor’s garden. 

Talk about your problems

Constantly fretting to yourself about your troubles does you no good. Let it all out and chat with someone you trust.

Find a furry friend

Getting in some extra cuddles with your guinea pig or playing catch with your pup makes both you and your pet (or pet-for-the-day) happier. 

Exercise

Getting active releases endorphins, which are some of your body’s happiness chemicals. Plus, exercise relieves stress and improves your self-esteem. 

Learn something new

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make a crème brûlée, the time is now. Instead of watching season two of PLL for the fifteenth time, pull out the pots and pans and perfect your grandma’s old recipe. 

Listen to some upbeat tunes

Or make some, for that matter. Nothing beats a T-Swizzle jam session, especially if you’re playing along on your guitar. 

Smile!

Flashing your pearly whites makes you look and feel great. Plus, you can do it anytime, anywhere. Say cheese! 

How do you lift yourself up when you're feeling down? Let us know below!  

 

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by Kelly Myslinski | 2/1/2016
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