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Guiding ThoughtsPosted by Foley Western Tue, January 14, 2014 15:44:16

Whilst enjoying a leisurely morning coffee, one of the presenters on the radio station I was tuned into mentioned something about ‘Happiness Week’ and it got me thinking.

The first month of the year starts with a bang and then goes downhill rapidly, and not because we’re still coming down from the fun and frolics of the Christmas festivities. January has always been known as the most miserable month of the year and seems to stretch on and on and paired with many of us trying desperately to keep to whichever New Year’s Resolution we have made this year, no wonder we’re all feeling down in the dumps. We also find out how much the recent festivities has actually cost us when the bills start dropping through our doors.

So this particular radio station has decided to help its listeners combat some of the January blues and I thought I’d add a few of my own to get you smiling. My first helpful tip is do not, no matter how miserable you are feeling, give up on your New Year’s Resolution. It might make you feel better for an instant but once you realise you have quit two weeks in you will be back feeling miserable again.

Music has always lifted my spirits or motivated me when I needed a little extra push. So why not spend some time having a good look at your music collection. I bet you find plenty of tunes that can lift your spirits. Why not make yourself a HAPPY playlist so when you start to feel you mood slipping all you have to do is hit the play button and let the music lift you up?

For all you pet lovers out there spending time with your dog, cat, horse, rabbit (insert any other pets you have) makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. So why not spend an afternoon snuggled up with your pooch, galloping round the paddock with your very own black beauty or if you don’t have any pets, why not go to the local pet store. You could also add a visit to the zoo or sea life aquarium to your list as there will surely be one encounter that will bring a smile to your face.

The weather might be cold and miserable but don’t let it keep you prisoner in your own home. If there is a special place guaranteed to make you feel happy why not arrange a day out. Whether it’s a lovely countryside walk, or a stroll along your favourite promenade being out in the fresh air, and for some, the winter sunshine, gives your body an added boost.

So what if you don’t have a special place, don’t like music, or don’t fancy venturing outdoors as where you live it really is far too cold, or far too wet? I bet you have a growing collection of films or books that brighten up the darkest of days. Go on treat yourself to a duvet day in front of the TV watching all your favourite films or snuggled on the sofa a good book in your hand.

There are whole heaps of things we can do to make ourselves feel happy, we just need a little reminder of what they are. If all else fails pick up the phone and call the person you think is the most happiest. Let their happiness rub off on you and don’t forget to return the favour.

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