Keep Calm and SMILE!

Life isn’t always guaranteed to be an easy, smooth sailing adventure. This world we live in can throw unexpected situations powerful enough to throw people off, and leave them vulnerable to nearly everything around them. If you think this life journey is just a bit much and you may feel sad or are simply getting fed-up of the daily grind, well guess what – you are not alone! Remember: there are hundreds of reasons that could cause these feelings, but remember, there will always be hundred more reasons to smile! Here are a few tips to help you stay in control of your life.

1. Don’t Isolate Yourself
It’s natural to protect your energy when you’re feeling sad, and distressed; however, isolating yourself could actually make matters worse. Too much time alone gives your mind the opportunity to wander off and overthink. Rather than spending time by yourself, spend it with your friends and family! Even surrounding yourself with random people in a public area helps. It’s as simple as that!

2. Exercise
You’d be surprised how helpful exercising makes one feel! Implementing physical activity into your life, regardless of how little or how much, will boost up endorphins – chemicals in your brain that help you feel so good.

3. Do Something!
Try to occupy yourself with hobbies. The possibilities of things to do are endless. Enjoy eating? Learn to cook! Love traveling? Go out and explore the world! Want to learn how to speak a different language? Take a class! Movie fanatic? Watch comedies! It may be difficult at first, but having fun and enjoying yourself is a major stepping stone towards living the life you deserve.

4. Write It Down
It’s inevitable to feel gloomy when you’re unhappy, but don’t let it take control of your life. Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour of your day to write down what you’re feeling and think about possible solutions to your thoughts. Writing helps organize and structure the mental and emotional battle you are facing at the moment. Once this designated time is up, carry on with your day, clear minded and feeling uplifted.

So, why not take control of your happiness to enjoy life? Throw yourself a “feel good” party and smile, smile, SMILE!

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS10607 Health Center Program, total award amount of $2,493,062 with 88.9% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.