Mental Health

Six Things That Can Make (most) People Smile Instantly

Babies – Babies are so innocent, pure, and adorable. Their smiles and laughs are contagious; you can’t help but smile and laugh with them. If you know someone with a little one, call them up and make plans for a visit.

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Puppies – It’s called puppy therapy for a reason. They are so cute, lovable, and playful. They give you lots of love and protection. If you don’t have a puppy, visit an animal shelter, pet store, or see if there’s anywhere in your area offering puppy therapy.


Favourite songs – Whether it’s a fast or slow song, whether it’s because the singer’s voice is beautiful or the lyrics touch you in some way, most of the time, you can’t help but smile when one of your favourite song comes on your iPod or radio. Make a playlist or CD with all your favourite songs.

Comedy – There’s some things you can’t help but laugh at. And it’s hard to laugh without smiling. Watch a comedy movie on Netflix or find out where there have comedy shows in your area.

Love/friendship – There’s no better feeling than loving someone and being loved back. Good friends will be there to give you words of encouragement, be there to support you through the good and the bad, make you laugh, give you hugs, and just have the best time with you. You can always count on good friends to make your day a bit brighter. Make plans to video chat or hang out with a friend.

Favourite meal – A lot of people love food. If you’re one of those people, you will get excited when you smell your favourite food and take the first bite. Treat yourself to your favourite meal at your favourite restaurant. Better yet, invite a friend to come along.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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