7 Keys to Happiness

We’re in for the long haul. With no days off from school until Spring Break, and colder, darker weather, it feels like vacation is eons away. Worse still, with the pressure of school, classes, and extracurricular activities increasing in intensity after the lull of winter break and syllabus week, how could the stress not get to you? The solution lies in the little things you can do throughout the day to help you get out of your lowest of lows. When you feel your worst, try out these simple tricks to get you out of the dreaded winter blues and on the path to positive vibes:

1. Exercise. Elle Woods said it best. Whether it’s a short burst of high-intensity cardio or a longer group fitness class,  any exercise releases endorphins. These are the “feel good” hormones that can result in a quick boost of mood and attitude along with the other benefits of exercise that are too numerous to count. Next time you’re feeling down, head to the gym for a rush of energy and confidence to get you through the day.

2. Talk to a close friend, or better yet, see one in person. If you find yourself feeling isolated because of work and stress, set aside a time to meet a friend for a meal or study break for a chance to laugh and catch up. It seems intuitive now, but many people feel like they have to face their problems alone. A friendly face outside of your regular schedule is a nice change of pace, and it can give you something to look forward to.

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