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    21 Smart Ways To Feel Happier Right Now

    You, but happier. Inspired by this Quora thread.

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    1. Smile. / Via

    Research shows that genuine smiling (where your cheeks really come up) can actually make you less stressed. So smile at your barista, accept the compliment your boss gave you, watch some stand-up — whatever gets you grinning.

    2. Be grateful for all the awesome things in your life.

    3. Plan a vacation.

    4. Work on something you enjoy so much that you actually lose track of time.

    5. Get some exercise.

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    Aside from the obvious endorphin rush, exercise requires focus and energy, which helps to take your mind off whatever horrible day you had. Plus, there’s a huge body of research showing the physical and mental health benefits of working out regularly. If you have no idea where to start, try the BuzzFeed Get Fit Challenge.

    6. Spend time (or FaceTime) with people you love.

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    Even if you don’t do anything exciting, and even if you don’t talk about what’s got you in a funk. Sometimes even Netflix and takeout is better with an ally.

    7. Go outside.

    8. Share a meal with people you care about.

    9. Say "yes" to something that kind of scares you.

    Like an improv class or CrossFit or that really random event invite that’s been sitting in your inbox. Promise yourself that you only need to stay for 20 minutes, and if you’re miserable, you can leave.

    10. Meditate.

    11. Get more sleep.

    12. Accept things as they are.

    13. Cross something off your list.

    14. Listen to music that makes you feel good.

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    You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish with your own soundtrack.

    15. Laugh more.

    It may not drastically change what’s going on in your life, but watching an episode of Arrested Development or any of these hilarious GIFs probably won’t make your mood worse.

    16. Do something good for someone else. / Via

    Giving back shifts your focus outward and often helps put things into perspective. You can volunteer your time, your skills, your resources — whatever you’re comfortable with.

    17. Surround yourself with positive people.

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    You know, the ones who aren’t judgy and rude and cranky. The ones who celebrate little accomplishments, encourage creativity, and make you feel really damn good. Find those people, and buy them a beer.

    18. Drop some money on concert tickets, a massage, or a fancy-schmancy dinner.

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    Spending money on experiences makes you a lot happier than other kinds of retail therapy.

    19. Step away from social media.

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    This is one of the easiest ways to stop comparing yourself to that high school friend with the job/body/family/house you want. It's just not productive or helpful, and you don't even like them anyway.

    20. Hang out with kids or animals — whichever brings you more ~joy~. / Via

    Need a reminder to not take things so seriously all the time? A toddler or a puppy can help with that.

    21. Seek out help if you think you might need it.

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