Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5 Ways to Be Positive / Get Your Happy Back

Lately, because of certain stories in the news and the disappointing opinions of people concerning certain events,  I have had a heavy heart. It makes me sad that in a world where we’ve seemed to come so far, I realize we are still really far away from where we need to be in terms of just caring for one another as human beings.

I don’t get into those things here really because, for me, it’s nice to have a place where I can go to get some levity and not be inundated with bad news. This is what I want The Fresh Factor to be, a place where you can always go for positivity and awesomeness in a sometimes unawesome world.

So, in light of this, I had to get myself back to happy because staying down in the dumps doesn’t help anyone. Plus dumps are smelly, and no one likes to be smelly.  Here, for you are 5 ways to get your happy back!

1.       Make Someone Else Happy
       One of the best ways to get your happy back is to give some to someone else! Do something small - bring a friend their favorite candy bar, run an errand for someone, call someone and tell them how fantastic they are – before you know it you’ll be on your way to joyous. Seeing a smile you put on the face of a loved one or hearing it in their voice makes you feel good. So go for it! 
Give someone a high five. Everyone loves a high five!! (note: strangers may not enjoy a high five from random people).

2.       Be Active
       Sitting at home alone in a dark room will not do much for lifting your spirits. Take a walk and get some fresh air, hit the gym, or just do something to relieve some physical pressure. When you’re exhausted and your endorphins are running about it’ll be much easier to see the world with a clear view. Your body and your mind will be refreshed!

These ladies are ready to get physical! Jazzercize anyone?

3.       Hit a Hobby
       Do you have a hobby? Perhaps you build model airplanes, make jewelry, or make dioramas of important historical events using marshmallow peeps - whatever you do, spend some time on it. Focus your attention for an hour or two on something you enjoy. That focused energy will clear out some doldrums and make your brain feel better about life. 
Be like these people. Look at your hand, hold a tree, stir things, or look awkward while holding someone. All good hobbies!

4.       Do something silly
       Friends is still one of my favorite shows (Don’t judge me).  This particular topic makes me think of “The One Where Phoebe Runs.” If you are not a Friends enthusiast, in this episode Phoebe is invited to go running with Rachel. At the park, Rachel opts for a normal person run, while Phoebe soon zooms past her doing this spastic run w/ arms flailing simply because it’s fun. Don’t be afraid to adopt that attitude. Grab a friend for an old school game of freeze tag, have a water balloon fight, play a good game of M.A.S.H. with a girlfriend.  If it’s fun, give it a go even if you’re too “grown” for it.

 5.       Smile
       A smile is always a stylish accessory. Even if you don’t feel it, smiling makes your face think you are happy, and then, eventually, the rest of you follows suit. Plus you just look nice when you smile. Go ahead, try it. See? Isn’t that better?
Bonus: Treat yo’ self!
                Now, this doesn’t mean go blow your entire bank account trying to look like a cashmere velvet candy cane (even though that would be dope), but if there is something you know you like or can look forward to,  maybe treat yourself to it. Maybe it’s your favorite kind of ice cream or finally catching up on the shows you like that you miss during the week. Perhaps it’s picking up a new book you’ve been wanting to read or taking yourself or a friend to a nice lunch or dinner at your favorite place. Little things can offer big pick-me-ups. Also…a little retail therapy is good for the soul. Not so much the checking account though…so please enjoy responsibly.

Even if you do all of these or none of them. Simply smiling and being nice to others goes a long way. So do that. Be good to each other today people!
What would you add to the list?


  1. great tips! and yes with everything that has been happening lately its hard to remain positive!

  2. "This is what I want The Fresh Factor to be, a place where you can always go for positivity and awesomeness in a sometimes unawesome world."

    Way to be--we need more bloggers with this attitude! Love this post and the emphasis on positive thinking and caring about one another!


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