We all have that feeling of defeat when hard times come barging in to fill us with loads of sadness. Here’s a sure-fire way to get out of that funk and get your happy on.

Talking to family helps to melt away sadness and lift your mood.
Talking to family helps to melt away sadness and lift your mood.
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Years ago, if you were to ask me if I was happy, I’d probably have said no. I was a college student back then and those are usually stressful times. My sadness was at an all-time high. Naturally, I was happy to be getting an education and going after my dreams. But inside, I was struggling.

For those of us who are quietly suffering with sadness, here’s one simple, yet powerful tool: family. Sure, they sometimes get on my nerves, but they’re also the ones who spark my happiness.

Now, we all have family members with widely unique personalities. If your family is anything like mine, you have a cousin who talks too much and an uncle who makes everyone laugh.

Technology allows the family to be closer than ever.
Technology allows the family to be closer than ever. Make happy memories with your family to chase away the sadness.
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In times like these, our loved ones may not be physically present to make us laugh and smile. Thankfully, technology can help fill the void.

Most of us have a smartphone and FaceTime is a helpful way to communicate with family. Other useful video applications include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

Even on boring days, family members find the craziest ways to make you smile.

Just the other day, I was sitting on my couch in a funk, just thinking. Suddenly, I decided to FaceTime my 5-year-old niece and she immediately started doing the weirdest dance. I completely forgot why I was even sad. Watching that happy little girl challenged me to be happy. She instantly cheered me up.

Just hearing a family member’s voice can boost your mood. Listening to a loved one can definitely lift your spirits. Whatever sadness you choose to share, their caring words can evoke happiness, even if the relief is temporary.

Eliminate sadness with outdoor family activities.
Eliminate sadness with happy family outdoor activities.
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Though we’re all facing different challenges, it’s encouraging to know our family members have our backs. Even if you can’t physically connect with your family, spending pleasant time together online or virtually can allow you to continue those joyful moments.

Snuggling on the couch and watching movies or unwinding in the sun are pleasant ways to enjoy your family. That bonding goes a long way in overcoming sadness.

At this point in life, I’ve been able to overcome a great deal of sadness with the help of my family and others. I’m not suggesting this is a cure-all, but my family allows me to see the brighter side of things.

Don’t be afraid to open up to family or anyone close to you when you need them the most. Sometimes we have to go through sadness to make it back to that happy place in our lives.