Grab your smiles where you can

When life gets to you, and I’m sure it’s getting to a lot of us at the moment, you have to grab your smiles where you can. This can be something enormous, but I usually find it is in the small things I observe.

Balloon smiles

This morning I headed out to do a food shop after work. I didn’t need a lot, just a few bits which mostly I managed to get. That made me smile especially as most of it was for my elderly parents.

Usually I get my smiles from nature. People who know me, know my ‘place of tranquility’ is the forest. I try to get there very early in the morning so I can watch night turn to day. My smiles come from seeing things like wild deer, birds and badgers trundling around just getting on with their daily lives. It’s like watching a nature documentary on TV, but you’re in it and that makes it a thousand times better.

So why am I talking about something as simple as a smile? Smiles are good for you. They lift your spirits. Who couldn’t feel a lift in their mood when a stranger smiles at them? So whether yours are internal, or from someone or something else, they are good to lift your spirits and for your mental health and well-being.

As many of us are locked away in our homes we need to remain aware that we have to look after both our physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to be a huge chore. In fact, you can make a conscious effort to keep your mood up and help those around you to do that as well. It is something I often forget to do in ‘normal’ times but during these crazy days, it’s something I’ve become aware of and have made a change.

So where are you going to get your smiles today?

Today’s COVID-19 casualty stats show 19 new cases in my county.

Total UK Cases of COVID-1922,141
Total UK Deaths1,408
Total cases in my county100

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