When sad days seem to take over, sit down, take a deep breath, and take time for yourself. So take a cue from Walt Disney (“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things”) and Albert Einstein (“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness”), and celebrate all the happy times—past, present, and future. Here are five things you can do right now.
Write it down
Did you know that taking the time to write down 3 positive things each day will make you more optimistic and less stressed?
Whether it’s sending an email or clearing the clutter off your dining room table, just getting one tiny little thing off your to-do list and onto the ‘it’s done’ list will give you a huge mental sigh of relief.
Let it go
You can boost your happiness by detaching from past negativity.
Stop comparing yourself
Chances are you always pick those at the very top to compare yourself to. No wonder you feel like you’ve come up short! Focusing on the things you’ve accomplished is a lot more productive. Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.
No matter how bad things may seem, be grateful. Warm water on a cold day? Amazing! Cold water on a warm day? Incredible! You really are very lucky when you get right down to it.
Unhappiness, can be a guide and friend, helping us to know ourselves better and become more fully aware of what makes us feel alive and passionate about our lives. Have you noticed how good you feel when you hold the door for someone, or smile and say thank you? Those feelings come from biochemical changes in the brain. It makes you feel better and the ripple effects benefit those around us. And can’t we all use a little more of that these days? Never forget to take yourself on that date. It might feel a bit odd at first, but chances are, you’ll see at least a few other folks dining solo or purchasing a movie ticket for one. If money’s an issue, you don’t have to go big. But also remember it’s a lot cheaper to pay for one than it is for two.
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