5 Ways I Learned How To Smile Through The Tough Stuff

What does it actually mean to smile through the tough stuff? I think as we get older, life just gets harder and it becomes a battle to face everyday with a smile on your face. The thing is, life is full of ups and downs and it will turn you all kinds of ways, but I think a good marker of a person, is one who can put a smile on when life sucks and have a little laugh too! Here are the five ways I smile through the tough stuff!

Watch Your Favourite TV Show: I grew up watching T.V and it became a safe heaven during difficult times in my life. I remember turning to television when I first came to Canada at the age of 8 and I had no friends....I know, I was a sad little one, lol.  To when I was 24 and went through one of the worst anxiety episodes in my life where I turned to "The Office"....best show ever! But I think the best way to ensure you will have a smile on your face is by turning to characters that make you laugh. Characters that make you feel less alone, characters that make you feel like your struggles aren't as bad. I just know so many people including myself that have turned to shows or movies when life seemed pretty hard and how those shows have helped people face the day despite their struggles.

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Talk To The People That Matter: This is important! People that love you and understand you are those that matter. These are people who care a lot about you, people who often know the right thing to say when you are upset and the people who know the right joke to tell to bring a smile on your face. Turning to people who care about you allows you to share your struggles with someone else, which is always nice. 

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You Gotta Roll With The Punches: This is also very important. Life is not easy for anyone and sometimes there are a lot of lemons that need to be turned into lemonade. It is important to learn to roll with the things that come up in life, not everything is going to go the way you thought it would. So, it is important not to take things personally or let things get you down. Learning to go with the flow of things even when you hate it, allows you to see the bigger picture.

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Nothing Lasts Forever: This is a lesson that took me forever to learn. But once you learn it, it is an amazing lesson. Nothing and I mean NOTHING, LASTS FOREVER. It will pass, the good will pass, the bad will pass, and the ugly will pass. So whenever you are struggling, when you feel like all is lost, know that that feeling won't last forever, it never does and it never will. I have had many moments in life where I was like "omg, I am never going to get over this", and guess what? I did! I had moments were everything was amazing and I was like "I never want this to end", and guess what? It ended. It gets better!

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Turn To A Source Of Inspiration And Strength: I believe in God and that has been a source of inspiration and strength for me. I honestly don't know where I would be if I didn't have this source of strength. There has been many sleepless and tear filled nights were, I strongly believe God got me through it. So whatever you believe in, whether that is God, or nature, science, or you have a sense of spirituality, turn to it. Allow it to bring you the comfort you need. 

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