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5 Ways to Stay Positive When You're Having a Bad Day



5 Ways to Stay Positive When You're Having a Bad Day
It's Murphy's Law. The line you get in at the department store doesn't move because there is a lady at the register who waited until the last minute to dig through her overstuffed wallet for a coupon. So you change checkout lanes only to get stuck behind a man digging through a deep pocket for exact change.


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Develop a plan

Develop a plan

Identify what’s making you feel discouraged. Try to be specific. 

And once that is done, make a plan. Write out what you can do to turn around your bad mood.




Associate with winners

Associate with winners

The greatest investment for the worrywart is to find a cell of positive-minded, successful people.

Because we tend to think like the people we hang around.



Speak positive words

Speak positive words

We tend to believe what we say. And we can have a more positive outlook by noticing the good, anticipating a positive outcome and speaking it out loud.

A few verbal affirmations throughout the day will go a long way toward lifting your spirits.





To stay upbeat and positive, make laughter a deliberate part of your day.

A rollicking laugh fires up then cools down your stress response and it can increase your heart rate. As a result, you feel relaxed.



Work on your plan

Work on your plan

It’s hard to worry about a problem while you are busy solving it.

Once you’ve identified what makes you feel bad, made a plan to overcome it and developed some mental weapons, it’s time to put your thoughts into action.




Listen To Upbeat Music

Listening to upbeat music can actually improve your mood. 

It's important not to overthink, "Am I happy yet?" while listening, and instead just allow yourself to enjoy the experie...

Get A Good Laugh

Laughter increases dopamine in our brains, which is a chemical that elevates mood. 

The next time you're in a bad mood, try pulling up some Amy Schumer or an SNL digital short on YouTube.

Walk Around The Block

Even mild exercise, about 40 percent of your max heart rate, can lift your mood.  Do activities that match your mood instead of trying to force yourself to do something you're just not feeling.

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It is generally considered a positive emotion and is a vital social, emotional and cognitive function. It is a communal activity that encourages bonding, reduces any possible conflict, and e...

Laughter is a Complex Emotion

The complex emotion of laughter has the power to override other emotions. The neurotransmitters (brain circuits) are controlling the facial muscles and vocal architecture, giving priority to positive emotions.

There are several brain pathways that contribute to laughter, like the regions of decision-making, behavior control, and our brains emotional circuitry.

The Underlying Neural Functions

Various studies and research have shed some light on the underlying neural functions of the brain features that result in laughter being expressed by the body.

Pseudobulbar Affect Syndrome is a condition involving an unsettling exhibition of laughter, characterized by frequent, involuntary and uncontrollable outbursts of laughing and crying. This Syndrome is due to a disconnect between the frontal pathways of the brainstem, which control emotional drives, and is associated with several disorders like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke.

Pay attention and be present

When your significant other is speaking, it is of the utmost importance to try your best to give your undivided attention.

Too much multi-tasking when conversations are important can be damag...

Be emotionally available

It is important to be emotionally available to your significant other. Share your emotions, your thoughts and feelings with your partner and be willing to hear theirs. This creates a very strong emotional bond for both.

Be supportive

As partners, you should strive to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders. 

We all need support and should be able to find it in our intimate relationships.