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"7 Ways to Turn That Frown Upside Down and Boost Your Mood"

Many of us have heard the saying, "Turn that frown upside down!" This phrase is most often used with children to make them smile when they are sad or angry over relatively minor problems but is less commonly used with adults or in serious situations.

I have been gifted with a positive personality. Negative energy drains me, so I try to focus on positive things. Many things can affect our emotions. Sunshine is one of them. With spring just four Mondays away, hopes are high for longer, sunnier days.

As we begin the weekend, I remind you that life is short. I often hang pictures of my son as a toddler and as a child on my refrigerator. I do this because they bring back great memories and remind me that life is fleeting.

To help you live a happy life, I’ve put together some advice below based on Carl Phillips’ article in the Huffington Post. Pick one or two to try this weekend. If you're a teacher like me, check off the things you're already doing that bring you immediate joy. This in itself will bring you happiness.

  1. Contribute to something greater than yourself.

  2. Be Thankful. Turn your expectations into appreciation. - Tony Robbins

  3. Treat every day as the beginning of something new.

  4. Focus on the positive. Look for the good in situations.

  5. Be your best friend.

  6. Look for triggers and remove them if you can.

  7. Remember, life is precious.

As humans, we often take the life we ​​have for granted. Let’s start this weekend by realizing that life is short and turn that frown upside down!

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