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Spread the Wellness Cheer

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work, running errands and balancing everything else on our plates. Sometimes we get so caught up in the stress of our lives that we forget to stop and take time for ourselves. Luckily, October gives us a chance to slow down to recognize emotional wellness month. But why stop at just our emotional wellness? Here are some tips to spread the emotional wellness cheer this October.

Volunteer Your Time
Nothing feels better than volunteering your time to help others. In honor of emotional wellness month, pick a special organization that you can help out. Not only will it help take your mind off of the millions of things going on in your own life, it will give you a different perspective of the organization you choose. Volunteering can help you gain a better understanding the organization and why you’re helping. This is a great way to get to know people in your community and enjoy fellowship while helping a good cause.

Random Acts of Kindness
Sometimes one of the most fulfilling tasks we can do involves no recognition. Doing the unexpected without gaining anything in return can be a liberating experience. Next time you go through a drive-thru, pay for the car behind you and drive away. They’ll never know who you were but they will remember that you made their day. Or if there is litter all over your local park, take time to go clean it up and others will appreciate the act and maybe be inclined to do the same in the future. Still don’t have any ideas? Search online for acts of kindness that others have performed. After reading what others have done, you too will be inspired to make a difference for the emotional wellness of others.

Make a Day Bright by Showing Your Whites
There’s one in every office. That guy who walks around with a permanent scowl on his face. Or maybe you pass the same woman on the street every day that looks like she is always angry. The concept is so simple, yet so many people fail at correcting those people who seem to bring the rest of the world down. Pull out your secret weapon—those pearly whites. Many people underestimate the value of flashing a smile to others with genuine sincerity. They say laughter is infectious, and so is smiling. You could turn around somebody’s day without even realizing the impact you’ve made. So show off your whites and you’re sure to get some in return.

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