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You may not need to force smiles when you play with a pet. Whether it's your own furry friend or a pal's, you'll get unconditional love. And it may lower your stress, too.
Another surefire stress buster-- exercise. It doesn't have to be a typical fitness routine or a tough workout. Whether you like to dance, jump rope, play racquetball, or go for a swim, physical activity gets those feel good brain chemicals flowing.
Next, if you're in a relationship, having sex once a week might be enough to lift your mood. The intimacy you and your partner feel may matter more than orgasms.
Last but not least, try to do a few minutes of meditation each day. It can help you feel calmer, more centered, and less upset by negative feelings. Here's to your happiness and health.