Sometimes life just feels good. Our blessings come into focus, and we feel amazing! That’s what I call a mental high – a moment where worries and cares fall away because what’s most important is front and center.

But sometimes those feelings don’t come naturally. Stress gets in the way. That’s when I use the acronym S.M.I.L.E. to help set me up for better mental support. I try to See the Good, Make Magic Moments, Isolate the Issue, Listen to Loving Thoughts, and Endure to Enjoy. Focusing on these acts brings me hope. They help me progress. Best of all, they show me that I can do something proactive to take care of myself. And where there is hope, there is happiness.

Here’s some more information on each part.

See the Good

Make Magic Moments

Isolate the Issue

Listen to Loving Thoughts

Endure to Enjoy

I hope these examples on the links above show you how doable this is. If one step isn’t going easily, move on to the next one, and so on. Sometimes, if I’m feeling really low, I’ll use them all. Other times, I’ll just apply one part of the acronym – like the last one! Endure! The point is to believe you can do something about your mental circumstances and try. I promise, with the right support, you can feel amazing. Life really is much better when you S.M.I.L.E.