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20 Easy Ways to Be Happier

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20 Easy Ways to Be Happier

By Excelle, DivineCaroline

Had enough of the winter blues? We have too. So we looked for ways to lift our spirits, at least until “spring forward.” What we found is that sometimes, the tiniest changes can have a huge impact on overall happiness. These twenty ideas will help you go from grumpy to giddy.

1. Make Your Bed Every Morning
I’ve heard this one before, and not just from my mother. For most people, outer order leads to inner calm. And making your bed is one quick, easy way to get some semblance of a tidy room (even when your closet is anything but.)

2. Shorten Your Commute
Okay, this one may not be a cinch. But if there’s any way you can shorten your commute, it’s certainly worth the effort. Spending two hours a day in gridlock traffic is enough to drive even the most Zen commuter up the wall. Not only is the drive itself infuriating, a long commute eats up time that could be spent on proven happiness boosters, like sleeping or interacting with other people.

3. Find a Rocking Chair
You know it works for babies. Now it seems that rockers bring similar comfort to elderly sufferers of dementia. Researchers at the University of Rochester encouraged twenty-five residents to rock as much as they like and they became less upset and anxious and required less pain medication. Who’s to say it couldn’t work for you?

4. Make Lists
Writing it down (whatever “it” may be. is a successful tool for managing stress. Just make sure your list doesn’t get out of control. After all, your list is supposed to help with your stress, not add to it. Remember that you can always adjust your priorities.

5. Paint Your Toenails … Even in the Winter
In the winter months, it’s easy to ignore your feet until they morph into a Shrek-like monstrosity. Who’s going to see them anyway, right? Wrong. You are! So give them a soak, a scrub, a bit of moisture, and a dash of color. You’ll feel better instantly.

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11:09PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

singing does brighten my day!

5:26AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

When I get blue I put on my favorite tunes and dance and sing....LOL. It never fails to cheer me up :)

8:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Although I have no rythm I dance around the house, that makes me smile

7:04PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you.

5:52AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Hm. Worth a try, I suppose! xo

5:13AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Enjoy and treasure whatever comes on our way

1:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Thank you for lightening my load...

1:22PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you .. I fit into the happy people story ... xoxoxoox

4:35PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Shared, thanks.

12:15PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

thanks

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