These days, it can be difficult to be optimistic and stay positive for ourselves and the people around us.
When you feel your mood start to fall, there are always small changes you can make in your life to boost your spirits… and keep it that way!
From giving yourself a digital break to eating well, here are five tips to feel happier this season.
Read uplifting and inspirational books
Nothing is a better mood booster than words of encouragement and inspiration. Try any of these feel-good reads from Popsugar’s book list. Other favorites include Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy from the experts at LiveHappy magazine and The Happy Book, a pick-me-up journal that encourages you to “celebrate what makes you happy.”
Eating well doesn’t have to mean munching on tasteless, low-calorie meals. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of motivation to discover new, healthy recipes and to learn to cook with love. Try a healthy meal plan service, like HelloFresh, which delivers weekly recipes and fresh ingredients straight to your home. Another go-to for cooking inspiration is Oprah’s latest cookbook: Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life. Now you can cook the same joyful meals and share Oprah’s celebration of food!
Surround yourself with bright colors and patterns that make you happy
It’s been scientifically proven that certain colors in your home can dramatically affect moods and feelings. So surround yourself with colors and everyday items that make you happy. Yellow is one color that symbolizes sunshine and happiness, so bring that brightness indoors with our yellow Limonata melamine tableware. Tones of light blue have also been known to slow down heart rate and lower blood pressure — hosting a relaxing dinner party with our sea-inspired Captiva dinnerware may just do the trick.
Sleep in… then have breakfast in bed
Sometimes, all you need is a guilt-free “sleep-in day” to de-stress from the week behind you and catch up on some Z’s. This Friday night, don’t set your alarm — wake up naturally with the sun and relax before you start your day. While you’re at it, skip the everyday routine and have your breakfast in bed.
Plan a trip and take a digital break
Remember what life was like without our smartphones and iPads? We don’t either. Still, it’s always healthy to step back and take care of the mind, body and spirit by going on a digital detox. Escape to a beach or your favorite destination and turn off your cell phones and devices. It may feel weird at first, but a mental break from Facebook while floating in the crystal blue ocean is a guaranteed way to increase your happiness levels in no time.