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5 Happiness Tips You Didn't Know You Needed

Fall may be just starting to show its signs, but before you know it, winter will be just around the corner. For some, that means seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression. It hits like a wrecking ball. You find yourself in bed, under the covers, and not wanting to go outside. It's tough but you deserve to be happy no matter the climate. Read on for five happiness tips that will help you get through that seasonal depression.

5 Happiness Tips You Didn't Know You Needed

Set Boundaries- Any mental health professional will tell you: boundaries are essential. You have to gauge how your feeling before you set them, which is why it's essential to be mindful of what's going on within your body and mind. Sometimes we don't realize someone is harming our mental health or that we've pushed ourselves beyond the limit. Take stock of what's going on in your life.

Find a Hobby- Find something that interests you aside from business and go after it. When you have a release from the regular, it makes life just a little more interesting. What interests are you looking to pursue.

Take Responsibility- You and only you are responsible for your happiness. That means that you have to take responsibility for your well being in every way. You can't let other people dictate your happiness. It has to be on you.

Open Your Windows- Sometimes, we like to get cozy in a dark room, but sometimes that dark room can start to feel like a cage. Take action by opening the blinds and letting some light in! Research shows sunlight can help with your mood and overall health.

Smile- Smiling can help to trick your mind into feeling happier. Sounds ridiculous, but studies have shown that faking a smile until you make happiness a reality actually works. If you don't feel like smiling, bite down on a pencil or pen to force a smile. This trick works wonders.