It’s a new year full of new opportunities and new resolutions. Unsurprisingly, most of us want to feel happier. So what better New Year’s resolution to make than to smile more this year? Here are a few ideas to help you get out of your 2018 slump and into a happier, healthier mindset in 2019.

1. Invest in Hobbies

There’s a good chance you’ve tried plenty of different hobbies before, some of which you took to more than others, but let fall to the wayside. Take a minute to think about what you enjoy doing and write it down; you could make a new hobby out of it.

It doesn’t matter what it is that you enjoy, whether it’s writing, scrapbooking, running or something totally off the wall. Set aside time to participating in your chosen activity at least once a week.

2. Ditch Toxic People

Toxic people drain your energy; it’s as simple as that. We all know someone who enjoys putting others down to boost themselves up. If there’s someone in your life that you always dread seeing because of the way they treat yourself and others, ditch them. The quicker you do this, the happier you’ll be. Period.

Try to only spend your precious time with those who make you laugh. Make it your mission to prioritize the people that count by reaching out to them more regularly. If you have trouble remembering, you can even create an alert on your smartphone to keep yourself accountable if you have to. 

3. Get Artsy

You don’t need to be Picasso to get artsy. Being creative is hands down one of the best ways to bring a smile to your face. Whether this is walking around your local art gallery, creating a photo album of special memories, or indulging in an adult coloring book, there are many ways you can get in touch with your inner creative self.

Or, perhaps you feel more comfortable in the kitchen? Try new recipes, eat new foods, or take an evening cooking class. Art comes in so many different forms. You can even head to Pinterest and get inspired by other people’s creative projects and give yourself the time and space to undertake your own.