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While we’d love every Friday to be joyous (and every day for that matter!) life happens, and we’re bound to encounter stormy days and low moments where wearing a smile on your face doesn’t come naturally. 

But even though melancholy moods and flat-out bad days happen, there are real, positive things you can do to feel even a tiny bit better. (Of course, if you feel especially down, it’s always a good idea to seek help.) 

Here are five of our favorite ways to lift your spirits on gloomy days.

1.Call your best friend (or anyone who you care about, and they you) and let them know what’s on your mind. Talking creates connection and always helps you feel less alone in this world.

2.Take out a pen and paper and write down your wins for the day — even if it’s just “I took a shower” or “I got to work on time.” Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished so far in your day and whatever goodness you have experienced.

3. Cry it out, yell it out, throw pillows and release all that built-up tension. You’d be surprised how good you’ll feel after unpacking unwanted emotional baggage.

4. Choose joy and curl up on the couch to watch a pick-me-up show. Then, put on some happy tunes and dance. If you have kids (or a dog!), get them to join in, too. If dancing isn’t your thing just try moving your shoulders and swaying a little bit. It does wonders!

5. Get some fresh air and take a walk. Notice the birds chirping, clouds rolling through the sky, and any nature surrounding you. Exercise releases endorphins which always gives us a pick-me-up. It also helps you process your thoughts and helps you to realize things aren’t always as bad as they may seem.

Life is messy and it’s not going to be sunshine and roses for any of us. Always allow yourself to feel what you are and own your emotions. Then, do what you can to find silver linings and remember to have faith that everything really will be OK. Choose little things that bring you joy, think positive thoughts and know that tomorrow is a new day. 

Wishing you a wonderful, joy-filled weekend! 

Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

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“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.” — Mandy Hale

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