1. Smile. The smile that begins as an effort and a pretense quickly grows to become genuine and, given time, a habit of happiness. In the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
2. Breathe deeply and slowly. Focus your entire attention on each in- and out-breath. Imagine drawing new clean energy in through the top of your head on each in-breath, and expelling old stale energy out the soles of your feet on each out-breath.
3. Take a quiet walk by yourself. Focus on each step & on your breathing. As stray thoughts enter your mind, thank each one, quickly release the thought & return to a focus on your breathing & your steps.
4. Count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. You have thousands of reasons to be thankful. Be thankful for those many people who assist/serve you. Make a list of those people you depend upon. Don't forget those people who grow and deliver your food, keep your electricity & telephone running, provide emergency medical care and protect the safety of your community & your nation.
5. Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. Telling the other person that you forgive them is optional â a bonus. "Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and is, therefore, the means for correcting our misperceptions." ~ Gerald Jampolsky
6. Stretch your body. For example, stand & hold your arms out to your sides â forming a cross. Gently bend each hand back at the wrist until the fingers point straight upward. Twist each hand and arm in a wringing motion as if you were operating a screwdriver.
7. Turn on happy music and dance. Don't stop until you're tired. Choose music that makes you want to keep moving such as Latin, Fitness or Dance music.
8. Spend some time with a furry friend. If you don't have your own, borrow a cat or dog to love today.
9. Be of service. Find someone who has worse troubles than you & do something nice for them today.
10. Have a conversation with God (or whatever you call your Higher Power). Approach the conversation with an attitude of gratitude rather than neediness.