7. Hit the road
Exercising helps us to release endorphins, creating a 'natural high.' If you find it hard to get started on a new exercise, focus not on the exercise itself, but how good you'll feel
8. Visualise happiness
To get out of a pattern of negative thinking, try to
If you're feeling a bit down, you probably don't feel like smiling - let alone laughing. However, research has shown that your brain can't distinguish between a 'false' laugh or smile and a 'real' one. So faking a smile could actually make you feel happier! Laughing yoga harnesses this idea, and groups meet together to laugh - with fake laughter often turning into the real thing. Benefits are said to include improvement in mood and even raised pain threshold.