Everyday is a school day – Learning new things is what keeps our brain active and ticking over, so make an effort to learn something new everyday. It doesn’t have to be something big or difficult, it can be something as simple as finally finding out the name of a song you like, or learning a simple baking recipe.
Spend time with friends – Personal relationships are a huge source of happiness in our lives and generally good solid friendships tend to increase our contentment. There are lots of ways to let our friends know how much they mean to us, perhaps write them a letter or a funny card, or buy them a token gift to put a smile on their face.
Don’t let grumpiness consume you – Admittedly it is easier said than done, but when you are in a bad mood try not to concentrate and replay the negatives. Instead try distracting yourself by thinking of a positive memory for at least five minutes.
Feed your mind – If you switch your TV on as soon as you get home from work and spend the rest of the evening cocooned on the sofa watching soaps then turn it off for a while and switch your brain on. Get into a great book, do a spot of knitting or engross yourself in a crossword or some suduko, anything to keep the brain active.
Keep your glass half full – Try to make every day a happy day. Happiness isn’t something we have if we are ‘lucky’ it is essential for a healthy life so don’t sit around waiting for it to come to you, plan activities in your daily life that make you happy. Simple things such as a relaxing bubble bath, a cup of tea in your favourite bone china cup or even walking your dog.