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Have you ever felt really drawn to a person because they seem so darn happy? Happy people have that power about them maybe because we want that happiness in our lives. But how did they.…

Have you ever felt really drawn to a person because they seem so darn happy? Happy people have that power about them, maybe because we all want that happiness in our lives. But how did they get so joyful? Some people are truly born with a positive disposition, but some of us have to work a little harder at it. Happiness is a muscle that needs exercise, just like any other muscle.

How we think plays a huge role in how we feel. The more you focus on the positive things in your life (close friendships, fun plans for the weekend, the things that are going well at school and with your family) the more likely it will be that you will enjoy a sense of well-being. Positive thinking brings positive responses in your body which can boost your mood and diminish stress.

If you’re struggling to find your smile right now, here’s some tips to help you turn that frown upside down!

Positivity is the ability to meet challenges and situations in life with an “I can do it,” “I’ll figure it out,” “things will work out” attitude. People who use the power of positivity face the same disappointments, challenges and stressors in life that everyone else does – the difference is that they choose to react to these challenges by finding a productive and positive way to cope and respond.

Surround yourself with positive people; it’s OK to avoid people who bring you down and who don’t bring out the best in you.

Find the areas in your life that bring you joy, help you maintain your sense of humor and give you a sense of well-being – keep those things in your life as you go about your day. Try to create things that you can look forward to. Half the fun of an event is the anticipation!

Be familiar with situations or areas in your life that bring out the “negative” in you. When a situation can’t be changed, try to focus on the positive find a friend who can encourage you through it. If a situation can be changed, then do so!

Find ways to give to others, help others, be compassionate and kind. Doing things for others is a powerful way to help you create positivity in your own life.

Keep a gratitude journal of all the things that are going well in your life, of the things that bring you joy and the things you are grateful for. Maybe you can’t get to it every day but focusing on the aspects of your life that are going well for you can promote a positive attitude in the rest of your life. You may be surprised at all the good things you may have forgotten or taken for granted in your life.

Look for good, even if it takes a little effort some days. You’re bound to find a smile when you encourage yourself to be grateful for both the little and the big blessings in your life.