Every time I hear someone say that what goes on outside shouldn’t affect your internal state of mind, I believe them. I do. We should be still like the ocean’s bottom, unchanging despite the surface waves. This way we won’t rock one way when life is good and crumble the other way when things aren’t going well.

But what do you do if you can’t stop outside situations from corrupting how you feel on the inside?

There are simple things you can do shake the uglies away by using external circumstances to improve your mood right now. Scroll down to feel happier by using what’s going on around you to make you feel better about yourself and your life.

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Gratitude: 25 Things to Be Grateful for Right Now!
(Reaching Life Goals) – Your job sucks. You just got in a fight with your partner. Nothing seems to be going right. Gratitude? What do you have to be grateful for? According to this, a lot!

Dealing with Difficult People
(Bonding Time) – Find yourself constantly coming in contact with difficult people? Here’s why it could be you and what you need to know to manage your relationship with them and yourself.

ADHD: Tips to help kids with ADHD improve focus (especially for when they go back to school)
(Reflections from a Children’s Therapist) – Fidgeting, caffeine, and exercise are some of the strategies used to regulate ADHD. View this infographic to find out if the strategies you’re currently using are the best ways to help your kids focus whether or not they have ADHD.

Do You Have a Challenging Toddler? 8 Simple, Proven Solutions
(Sorting Out Your Life) – As a mom of a toddler, I can vouch for these parenting solutions. The next time your tot is making you feel out of control, try this.

Self-Scapes of Fear
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Your self-scape or way of viewing yourself and the world can mean the difference between a good day versus a fearful one. If you’re emotionally sensitive, you may need help feeling more secure in your every day life. Read these 3 tips to create a self-scape of safety.