Small things can make a big difference

What would it take to make a difference in your life? More money? A fancy vacation? Experts tell us that there are lots of little things we can do. Here are a few suggestions that are easy and won’t cost a penny. And they work – research shows that these are just a few of the things we can all do to feel better.

Get moving. Taking even a short walk is good for your health – and it releases endorphins that improve our mood, help eliminate stress and make the day seem brighter.

Practice kindness. Send a card to a sick friend. Take some cookies to a neighbor the next time you bake. It’s harder to focus on our own problems when we’re thinking about someone else.

Connect with others. Call an old friend. Sharing your worries will help diminish your anxiety, which will give you a more positive outlook on life.

Get some sleep. If we’re sleep deprived, studies show that we’re more likely to be anxious and pessimistic. People who get eight hours of sleep are more likely to feel refreshed, revived and optimistic.

Finally, take a little time each day to focus on the things in life that you love – family and friends, church, pets, a good book. Being grateful for the simple things in live will bring you joy.