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10/10/2017 12:06 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2017

Now THIS Is How To Be Happy Every Day

All the tools you need to lift those spirits. 😎

It’s hard to maintain a happy mindset day in and day out. With all the curveballs that get thrown at us in our professional and personal lives, a constant cheerful attitude isn’t always realistic.

But that doesn’t mean we have to live in a state of misery, either. In fact, there are ways to perk up if we’re feeling down in the dumps.

We’ve compiled some tips and tricks guaranteed to lift spirits during a low day. These articles provide tools that will lead to a sunny disposition no matter what’s going on. Take a look at them below and find that happy place.

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Sometimes it can feel hard to keep up a happy state of mind. The emotion, like all the others, isn’t always permanent. But there are ways to keep it up or boost it when you need it ― and luckily, they’re simpler than you think. We’ve culled expert tips, research and just a few feel-good suggestions of ways to boost your mood.
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Turns out your journey to happiness might start with getting angry, hostile or contemptuous. Most science-backed shortcuts to happiness – like working outsmiling more and practicing gratitude ― focus on the positive, and they’re helpful indeed. But a new study concludes that for some people, embracing negative feelings may be one of the most powerful ways to feel happier overall.
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Creativity can help lower stress and anxiety, enhance resilience and contribute to a sense of playfulness and curiosity. Engaging in creative activities and art-based therapies has also been linked to improved physical and mental health.
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It’s both a cliche and a scientific fact that experiences bring greater happiness than material possessions. But new research adds weight to this idea as it applies to gift-giving: According to one study, receiving an experience really is more meaningful.
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One key to a more contented day is learning to stop comparing yourself to others. You are special the way you are, and giving energy to comparisons isn’t as freeing as embracing yourself — limitations, flaws and all.

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