How come some people always seem to be upbeat, nothing fazes them. What is it that they’re doing differently? What is the best way to have a great day?

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– Consider your perspective on life. Two people can share an experience but have very different opinions afterwards. Look at how you react to experiences. Would you benefit from a more positive, laid back approach

– Treat setbacks as valuable lessons, ways to do things differently, perhaps even better than before. The very things which don’t go to plan often teach us important lessons and open up doors to unexpected new opportunities.

Value what you have in life. We all have routine and humdrum in our lives. Make the effort to do things well, even if you’re ‘only’ sweeping the floor, washing dishes, clearing a pile of ironing.  Enjoy the satisfaction of a job completed well.

– Give yourself credit for the small things, the little successes each day; making that difficult phone call, finishing something you were dreading, doing a good deed. Appreciate those accomplishments

– Surround yourself with positive people and things. Spend as much time as you can with supportive people, with those who like, respect and encourage you, doing things you love.

 – Find time for reflective interests; playing a musical instrument, painting, spending time in the garden, walking in the countryside.

– Spend time on your home. Add colour and textures to ensure it’s cozy, warm and welcoming. De-clutter and clear out unworn clothes, old ornaments and enjoy the space. Invite people round for a coffee or supper and feel good about your home.

– Schedule fun ahead so there’s something to look forward to. Some times of the year can feel devoid of fun so get on mailing lists and organize trips with friends or colleagues.

– Volunteering, charitable work, helping others can help you feel good. Simple things, smiling at a stranger, saying ‘hello’, holding a door open, buying someone a coffee can improve our mood.

– Accept invitations, say ‘yes’ to opportunities and step out of your comfort zone. Being receptive to new ideas and challenges adds excitement and potential for new direction in life.

Susan Leigh is a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who works with stressed individuals to promote confidence and self belief, with couples experiencing relationship difficulties to improve communications and understanding

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