Find your happy 

Find your happy 

Smile! Happiness leads to great health benefits such as low blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease and a healthier weight.

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It’s no secret that life is more enjoyable when you’re happy. But sometimes it takes a little work to keep a smile on your face all the time. Here are some tips for staying positive every day.  

Spend time with happy people 

Reach out to trusted family, friends and neighbors who are positive. You’ll feel a sense of connection and be inspired to feel good yourself. Bonus: Connection with upbeat people can lead to improved physical and emotional well-being. 

Looking to meet new friends? Try volunteering or joining a social group at your church. You can also meet people through the SilverSneakers® program, which is included in your Aetna Medicare Advantage plan. SilverSneakers gives you access to gyms around the country, and exercise is a great opportunity to connect with others who share similar wellness goals.  

Go to to find participating fitness centers near you.

 Tune into your senses 

Focusing on your five senses can help you stay present or in the moment. That’s because when you’re paying close attention to the sights and sounds around you, it’s harder to get distracted by your thoughts.  

During the day, if you feel like negative thoughts are taking over, pause to ask yourself questions like:  

  • What am I hearing right now?  
  • What do I see?  
  • Do I feel, taste, or smell anything?   

Being aware of your senses can have a calming effect on your mind.  

Practice gratitude 

Having an attitude of gratitude can lower symptoms of depression and give you peace of mind. Keep a journal or make lists of what makes you happy throughout your day. The little things count, like:  

  • A cozy warm blanket, 
  • colorful flowers 
  • and phone calls with family or friends.  

Do acts of kindness 

Be kind to someone you know or even a stranger. Start with something as simple as a smile or holding a door. The more positive acts you do for others, the happier you will feel.1  

Get the help you need 

Feeling frustrated, angry or down every day? You might benefit from talking with a mental health professional. They can help get you the support you need. 

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Take advantage of your mental health benefits 

Caring for your mental health is as important as caring for your physical health. And your Aetna plan is here to help you along the way. If you’re struggling with feelings like stress, a “short fuse” or anxiety, or if you want to learn more about how to care for others, call us at 1-833-570-6670 (TTY: 711)

We can help you learn more about mental and emotional health resources and how to connect with organizations that offer support. And we can explain how the benefits covered by your plan can help. Your mental health coverage can include:

  • Outpatient therapy sessions with a mental health professional 
  • Certain medications to help manage your feelings
  • Depression screenings 
  • Psychiatric evaluations 
  • 24/7 Nurse Line 
  • Hospital stays 

Get medical advice whenever you need it.   

A registered nurse is just a phone call away.  

Call our 24/7 Nurse Line at 1-800-556-1555 (TTY: 711) to speak with a nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If it’s an emergency, dial 911.   

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1 Fryburg D. Kindness as a stress reduction–health promotion intervention: a review of the psychobiology of caring. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. January 29, 2021, 16(1), pp: 89-100.  

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