Science says that the, “key to a happy life is to experience bursts of positive emotion throughout the day,” according to Psychology Today. Studies show that positivity builds our social, physical and intellectual skills boosting productivity, creativity and engagement. In today’s COVID-19 world of self-isolation and social distancing, how do we rise above the worry, uncertainty and loneliness, and try to be happy?

Tips for staying positive:

  1. Be grateful.
    Remind yourself of what you are grateful for. Create a gratitude journal and write down one thing you are thankful for each day. It can be as simple as warmer weather or something more meaningful, like a family member. Or, something tasty like mac and cheese.
  2. Embrace optimism.
    Look for the silver lining! Yes, It’s hard. Be intentional about finding the bright side. Trapped at home with teenagers? Try creating a TikTok with them. And, really laugh out loud!
  3. Get moving.
    Exercise can improve your mood, but you don’t have to do a vigorous workout to be happy. Something as basic as taking a walk, dancing, jumping up and down or running up the stairs can boost your mood.
  4. Smile a little. Or a lot.
    It’s simple and easily forgotten. Do at least one thing each day that makes you smile or laugh. Think of an embarrassing memory, share a funny meme with a friend or watch a comedy. Smiling and laughing relieves stress and is a mood booster.
  5. Connect with someone.
    Reach out to a friend, family member or co-worker that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Get caught up on each other’s lives and reminisce about fun memories.
  6. Meditate
    Take five minutes (or more) out of your day to unplug from the world and achieve a calm state of mind. Meditation can reduce stress and control anxiety while promoting emotional health.
  7. Improve Sleep
    Rest is imperative for both mental and physical health. There are many easy ways to improve your sleep:

    • Wear blue light blocking glasses to reduce your exposure to blue light. This helps keep melatonin up, which helps you get a deeper sleep.
    • Sleep and wake consistently, even on weekends. Set an alarm to remind you when to go to sleep and when to wake up.
    • Optimize your bedroom environment. Minimize external noise and lights to create a peaceful space. Keep your bedroom cool. Warm bedroom temperatures decrease sleep quality.

Practice the power of positive thinking, every day. We’ll be sharing more tips in an upcoming post. What are you doing to stay positive? Send your tips to hradvisor@payrollnetwork.com. And remember, don’t worry be happy.