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Jennifer Chan, Contributor
September 17, 2012

My Top 5 Insta-Happy Fixes

FN staff writer Jen Chan shares what she normally does to chase the blues away. By Jennifer Chan

Some days, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Some days, putting on a smile is just not worth the effort. I know the feeling. In fact, just last week, I was in that very position. It was a Monday and I unfortunately woke up late. For those who rely on the MRT going to work, you know that to be late on a Monday means having to stand in line for an indefinite span of time--and this is before you even get to buy your ticket. To try to beat the crowd, I decided to just take a cab straight from our house. I waited under the scorching heat for 20 minutes, but for some reason, the usual cabs that drive past our street everyday decided to take the day off. By this time, of course, my makeup had melted, my arms were tired from carrying all my things, and I was late for work. And the running commentary from kuya pedicab driver? Not helping. It was so easy to throw a fit right then and there. I was frustrated at myself, at the lack of cabs, and the day in general. It was so easy to just throw the whole day away, to go to work angry, and to just snap at everyone at the office.

But that would only serve to make the day worse. I knew that if I wanted to turn the morning around, I had to do something right then and there. And so, after taking a deep breath, I flagged down a passing jeepney and cheerfully paid the driver eight pesos. I smiled at the little kid who sat opposite me and felt all negativity float away. I guess breaking out into a smile, even when I don't really feel like it, is enough to make me feel better.

Want to know the other activities I do to improve my mood? Scroll through the gallery to find out:

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Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
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