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Loneliness is one of the biggest hurdles to our collective mental health and well-being, now more than ever. And each of us, lonely or not, craves social connection.

So, think of someone you care about who hasn’t heard from you in a while, and send them a short note. Just say hello and ask how they’re doing.

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Doesn’t matter if you walk or just sit, do some gardening, or merely ponder your existence. It’s well established that spending more time outside will improve your mood, especially if you can find some green space.

Doesn’t matter what you actually do. A long, hot bath. A totally aimless walk around the neighborhood. Lunch in the park. Visit a friend. Take a nap. Read a book.

If you’re compelled to make a new to-do list, keep it short. No more than one or two things that can be knocked off today.

We are all creatures of habit, and a lot of our habits suck. Changing them is hard. One great trick is to piggyback a new habit onto an existing one.

We humans are often unaware of the positive effect we can have on another person by simply recognizing their existence, perhaps offering a smile or a kind word, and how good such acts are for our own mood.

If you’re feeling stressed or depressed or just blah, dig deep into your mind to figure out what’s behind it.

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