Speak to the little girl or little boy who is having a "tantrum" when you deserve that cookie or you just don't think you should have to get out of bed early to exercise. When you treat your inner voice like the brat that it is, you can put him/her in his/her place and move on!
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Being amazed and bewildered by small things gets me smiling and reminds me that the little things add up. Ahhing and ohhing over a pretty sunset, bird, bug, boat, drawing, meal, gift, flower or anything at all brings out my inner child. It is awfully hard to feel depressed and discouraged once that inner child is out and an much easier to smile.
I am currently battling severe depression and have been for the past 2 years. This simple secret helps turn bleak days into days with a glimmer of sunshine.
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