Improve Your Mental Health

This time of year in Boston it is hard to stay positive. The snow just keeps falling and the temperature keeps dropping, and it seems as if warmer weather will never arrive.

My instant cure for the depression that sets in at this time of year is to spend time with someone who makes you laugh.

Just spending time with friends who support you and engage you gives you an instant feeling of being cared for. If they make you laugh, it’s icing on the cake!

Laughing makes you smile, which releases endorphins which make you feel better and lead to a more positive outlook on life. With the side benefit of giving you an instant facelift!

You can email and Facebook and twitter or Skype and FaceTime, but nothing makes you feel as good as spending time in person. Have coffee, go to lunch, invite someone to dinner. I guess you notice that all of these suggestions include food. Humans are, by nature, sociable animals and food brings us together to share our stories, even if that food is only a cup of coffee or a spot of tea.

So, spend some time with a friend, then send me a note to let me know if it worked to raise your spirits. I’m sure it will.


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