See every day as a special occasion: Dab on a little perfume you reserve for nights out. Or, better yet, wear your grandmother’s pearls with a T-shirt and jeans. Pulling out items you typically set aside for holidays or birthdays can make you feel sunnier on cloudy days, since such cherishes items help you recall mood-boosting memories.
Pile on praise: Leave yourself positive messages (a sticky note you put on your mirror or computer or an hourly alert you set on your smartphone). Maybe it’s “You’re doing great” or “You’re a wonderful mom.” When we hear something repeatedly, we internalize its meaning, and that can shape how we feel about ourselves, psychologists say. Seeing the upbeat messages that you’ve written and saying them aloud can help you believe them.
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