Sugar and Spice Advice – Improving One’s Mood

Bell ringer
Bell ringer

I know I have been sharing advice about improving mood and outlook quite a bit lately. Here’s one more bit of advice. I promise not to harp on this for the next 10 posts, but bear with me on this, okay?

While our vision may be 20/20, sometimes our perspective on things may be out of focus. It is possible to get rid of the negative outlook and see the world through a more optimistic lens. Here are 3 simple tools to use.

Practice Gratitude. Choose something to be grateful for today. It can be as simple as getting though the work day without a run in your stocking to as something as amazing as a raise or the birth of a new family member. We all encounter bits of good fortune throughout the day, just take a moment to appreciate them. (We still would be happy to send a journal to anyone who is interested. That way you can record your blessings and everything else you feel inclined to write.)

Exercise. To some people this word is equivalent to a four letter word, but it shouldn’t be. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters that can actually improve your mood. Exercise can also give you a sense of accomplishment that can help you feel good about yourself. (I got off my fanny this evening and took Mr. Pete for a walk around city hall and got to enjoy the Christmas lighting there. If I can do it, so can you.)

Reach out and help someone. There are tons of opportunities to do some good with the holidays here. Lend a hand or donate to a charity. The other day my daughter and I were at Wally World and there was a friendly Salvation Army person ringing the bell with his red donation bucket handy. I am not bragging but Daphne put some money in the bucket. That poor guy said he had been there for quite some time and she was the first one to make a donation. Sad, right? I’m sure people had a bit of pocket change to share. When you help someone else you forget your troubles for a while. Sometimes it helps to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. That can really alter your perspective.

Happiness and optimism grow when shared. Start with a smile to greet the day.

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