“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness comes in many different forms. For some, it could be their spouse/children/family, some form of spirituality, connecting with nature, or even just a sipping a latte from a coffee shop and getting “lost” in the pages of their journal. Within this blog post, I will give you five different ways you can practice happy habits every day. My hope is that you’ll come back to this post as a refresher when you need a little lift in your spirits. Shall we?
- Daily “Happy Hour”
Now, most people may think when I say “happy hour”, I mean people or perhaps just yourself going to a restaurant or bar and consuming alcohol. In this post, that is not the case. Carve out at least for one hour, to sit down, breathe, and reflect on your day. Think of three things for which you are most grateful. Don’t worry tomorrow will come – no matter what.
2. Keep a positivity journal
To be most effective, writing down positive events that occurred in your day can be done after work or later in the evening. Instead of thinking of all that perhaps went wrong that day, focus on some things that went well such as your boss praised you, you had a positive interaction with a co-worker or customer, etc. Or on the hand, you received an unexpected phone call from a friend or loved one! Write all these down. If none of these things happened, dig a little deeper. Did a stranger show you kindness by holding the door open for you? You are stronger than all of your negative thoughts combined.
Now, I realize the third title is completely and totally misspelled and not grammatically correct in the least! But stretching every day has its positive benefits. I know, for a fact, that if my lower back is hurting, I need to stretch more often. Stretching can be done any time of the day, but if you’re a person like me who operates like there’s “25 hours” in a day (I know, this thought is absurd), then set your alarm in the morning for 30 minutes earlier to accomplish this task. Your body will thank you.
4. Use Your Words
I had a great trainer recently, and we shared a favorite phrase which was, “Use your words.” In my eyes, it means for that person to describe how their feeling fully so the listener can best understand the situation at hand. Used in a positive manner, great things can be accomplished. Walls can be torn down, empathy expressed genuinely, a resolution is found, and the bond is healed once more. If you find yourself in a situation where you aren’t quite sure what to say, pause, and ask for clarification. But also, be sure to use your words – positively.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Everyone, take these words and brush them not aside.
Until we meet again.