Seven things to make you smile instantly

Seven things to make you smile instantly

Feeling blue? Turn that frown upside down with our tips that will have you smiling in seconds…

Feeling blue? Turn that frown upside down with our tips that will have you smiling in seconds…

We all have bad days when we’re in a grump for no good reason, particularly when the weather is as grey and miserable as our mood.

If you’re in the midst of one, boost your mood with our simple ideas for instant cheer.

1. Phone a friend

There’s nothing like getting in touch with a good friend to boost your mood and forget about what’s worrying you, but modern life is busy and we’re not able to see our friends as much as we’d like.

So when you’re feeling blue, pick up the phone and get in touch with a good friend. Whether that’s a leisurely chat with a cup of tea, a video call over a glass of something cold or even a texting session should cheer you up. It’s what friends are for!

2. Let’s go outside

When you’re down, the temptation is often to hibernate at home and hide from the world. Getting outside and experiencing the great outdoors may not seem appealing when the weather isn’t at its best, but even a short walk to get some exercise and appreciate Mother Nature will help you feel better.

3. Just kidding around

It sounds soppy, but hearing the sounds of children laughing and playing can melt even the hardest of hearts. If you have grandchildren or other toddlers in the family, go and see them or give them a call – you’ll be grinning long before you hang up!

If not, head for your local playground and enjoy watching the children play and laugh to give you a sentimental boost.

4. Name that tune

Music can recall fond memories, which will help raise your spirits. Listening to a favourite song or album floods the brain with dopamine, a feel-good hormone, so you’ll soon be dancing your cares away and singing along.

5. Fondle furry friends

Calling all animal lovers – being around a beloved pet is a surefire way to bring a burst of bliss into your life. As well as feeling good, stroking your cat or dog can lower blood pressure and make you feel calmer.

6. Scoff tasty treats

Sometimes, all it takes to elevate a dark mood is some dark chocolate. As well as being completely delicious, good-quality dark chocolate contains anandamide, a compound that can make you feel good and is known to block feelings of pain and sadness. See, chocolate IS good for you!

7. Look your best

You might want to slob out on the sofa in your sweats, but making an effort with your appearance will help to brighten your day. Put your face on, do your hair and wear a favourite outfit. The confidence of knowing you look good will translate into feeling good too.

And it’s not just about what you wear. You’re more likely to want to flash your pearly whites if they’re in tip top condition. Use Oral-B Gum & Enamel Repair Toothpaste to rejuvenate gums, repair enamel and protect teeth from acid erosion – it will give you every reason to smile.

What is guaranteed to always put a smile on your face? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mandy 16/04/2018

My granddaughters never fail to put a smile on my face 😊


paula 01/04/2018

I play Let's Dance by David Bowie as it brings back memories of a brilliant summer I had a long time ago. Also Happy by Will Pharrell is a guaranteed pick me up.

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