Spring is a magical time of year: the sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later in the evening. The days become slightly warmer, and flowers start to bloom. However, April showers (and those in May and June) make it challenging to do everything outdoors.

Here are five rainy day activities that will create more happiness in your life to offset any rainy gloom.

Reconnect With An Old Friend
Research shows you can boost happiness in the present by remembering happy times from the past. Boost your own mood, and someone else’s, too, by reconnecting with an old buddy over coffee. Chat about good times or plan an indoor activity together – like a fitness class – to create new memories. Nurturing the relationship is important, too, as strong connections are a major factor in personal happiness.

Try Cooking Something New
People who try new adventures and experiences and switch up their routines are generally happier according to some research, even if that “adventure” takes place in your very own kitchen! As an added bonus, you’ll feel amazing and accomplished once you’re serving others something delicious.

Plan A Party
Studies show that just anticipating happiness can actually make you feel more fulfilled. By planning your next dinner party or a friend’s birthday celebration, you’ll not only get a head start on organizing the festivities, but you’ll also have a fun event to look forward to in the future. And that’s something to smile about!

Workout
All that time indoors is bound to make you stir crazy, so why not sweat it out? Physical activity causes our bodies to produce disease-fighting proteins called antibodies and helps our brains release endorphins — you know, those feel-good chemicals that boost your mood, and quite frankly, make you feel wonderful.

Write About Gratitude
Gratitude, and feelings of being thankful, can make you happier and healthier by boosting your energy, optimism, and wellbeing. Write about positive people and experiences in a gratitude journal or just jot down just one gracious sentence to boost feelings of happiness. Even writing thank you notes to family and friends can help you feel more grateful and positive.

If all else fails, just remember to smile. The action alone can trigger a positive emotional response in your brain!