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Some days it can be a struggle to smile. We all get jumped on by life occasionally, and it can be frustrating. Smiling can produce endorphins even if you’re faking it. Fake it long enough, and your mood will get better until you can smile for real again.

You’ve probably seen relentlessly optimistic lists with x number of reasons to smile, and yes, this post is another one. The second week of August is National Smile Week, so here are ten reasons to smile!

1. Work is Done

You could be finished for the day, or retiring completely. Don’t let work worries sour your home time.

2. Outta Here

Vacations are always a reason to smile. It doesn’t even have to be some exotic destination; you could just be traveling to get out of the house.

3. Friends Old and New

Friends know how to support you and cheer you up.

4. Animals

Baby animals are adorable. And the internet won’t run out of funny animal videos any time soon.

5. Channel Surfing

There is no shortage of comedies (or whatever other genre you enjoy), and lots of ways to watch them.

6. Exercise

People that exercise generally report being happier with the world. Looking good and feeling good will do that.

7. Blue Plate Special

If you exercise, you can also indulge in your favorite comfort foods more often.

8. Family

Similar to friends, family can be a shelter during hard times.

9. Philanthropy

Helping others can make you feel good and give you a reason to smile.

10. RPG

Video games let you ignore the real world for a little while. You can also work out your aggression in a way that won’t involve law enforcement.

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