When you’re living in a funk from day-to-day, it is hard to find things to smile about. It’s hard to find some refreshing positivity. But, the truth is, it is up to you. You can wallow in misery, but if you want things to change – if you want to find your smile again – you’re the one who has to make it happen.
Here are some of the ways to make yourself happy.
Thank Your Pillow
Get a boost of delight from thanking objects and what they do for you. When you wake in the morning, put your hands together like a Buddhist monk, bow your head and say, “Thank you, pillow, for the dreams you have given me.” Try this with your bed, blanket, pj’s and shoes. Do it to as many things as you like.
Smack a Smile on Your Face
Leave your worries and boredom at the door. Make every entrance a bright one. Whenever you’re walking through a door, imagine there’s a smile hanging from the top of the door sill. As you walk through the door, grab that smile and smack it on your face, like you’re putting a cover over your mouth. Imagine that whatever worries or boring thoughts you may have had just got smile smacked out of you when you walked through the door.
Take a 30-Second U-Turn Back to Happy-Ville
Here’s how to get yourself back to happy-ville when you meet a silly little drama. When you get frustrated or upset, take a 30-second pause. For the first five seconds, you acknowledge the bad moment. For the remaining 25 seconds, you let the frustration or irritating feeling go by, imagining that you have arrived at this silly little drama-ville and you see it for what it is. Then you U-turn back to happy-ville. Just remember, the only person who can put a dent in your happiness is you. You always can return to happiness.
Create a Happy Folder on Your Phone
One of the simplest ways to make yourself happy is to create a special “happy folder” of photos on your phone. The easiest way to do this is to browse through your photos and move the ones that bring a grin to your face to the happy folder. Don’t forget to add happy, inspiring Facebook photos too. Now, when you feel bored, miserable, or hurt, launch your happy folder and feel the happiness oozing back into you again.
Pat Your Back to Brighten Up Your Feelings
Here’s a quick and easy way to lift your feelings up. Once you’ve successfully done something, raise your right or left hand, pat yourself on the back, and say something like, “Way to go, (your name)!”
You can do this any time of the day to give yourself a little pick-me-up delight.
Give a Surprise That Will Make You Smile
When you’re feeling bored or down, you can perk yourself up by surprising someone who is important to you. Buy a present or do something special or unique. You can try washing their car, mowing their lawn, or shoveling their snow without telling them. Just do it and imagine the surprise on their face when they see what some kind soul has done for them. Of course, you can let them know it was you. Either way, you’ll be filled with a whole lot of merry pride.
Now Go Turn Funky Days into Sweet Delight!
Living in the funk is no fun, especially when it feels like there’s no way out. But escape is possible and there are ways to make yourself happy. You just have to take charge of things and actively seek out happiness every day. The takeaway is that it’s up to YOU to turn each day into sweet delight.
August 9, 2017
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians
Taken from Ken D. Taylor, HealthyAgingHabits.com