How to Reboot a Bad Day in 10 Minutes or Less

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It might not seem like the most logical thing when you’re buried under work, but taking the time to do something nice for someone else can really shift your mindset, says Caroline Adams Miller, a Maryland-based author and psychologist specializing in Applied Positive Psychology (the science of happiness). If you haven’t properly thanked a colleague for their help on a project, for example, go down the hall and thank them. “Altruistic behavior gives you the ‘helper’s high’ and there are many ways to do something generous or kind in a few short minutes,” Miller says.

Another way to quickly rebound is to put a pen between your teeth and nod your head as you think of returning to a place of calm and resilience. Why does this help? The pen forces you to smile, and nodding has the same impact on the body as a smile, says Miller.

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Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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