It’s very easy to be discouraged by the negativity of people around you, but try implementing these four little steps, and you’ll find yourself having a great day that might just rub off on those around you!
Try these techniques to help ensure you have a positive and productive day:
Wake up with a smile on your face. How many of us wake up and moan at the thought of the day ahead? Tomorrow morning try doing something a little different:
- Set your alarm five minutes earlier than normal.
- As you wake up, luxuriate and stretch gently, enjoying the warmth and softness of your bed.
- Smile to yourself to set your inner mood.
- Before you get out of bed, think of five things you’re grateful for, and then say them out loud so that you can hear your own voice affirming the positive in your life.
Treat your household chores as opportunities. If your day feels like an endless round of cleaning, cooking, shopping, and picking up the kids after school, re-write your feelings of perceived drudgery and take advantage of the opportunity each one of these chores can give you.
- When you’re cleaning the house, play some loud dance music and party as you go – you’ll get more exercise and have some fun while accomplishing needed tasks.
- Ask your children, spouse or partner to help you prepare meals. You’ll enjoy quality time with them and have the opportunity to teach them something (or learn something!) at the same time.
- When you’re shopping, have a friendly smile on your face. Avoid rushing around – take your time – and take the time to thank the cashier for their time – they like to feel appreciated too.
- Talk with your children, spouse or partner. When you get together with your children after school, or your spouse or partner after work, ask them about their day. They’ll have lots to share with you if you give them a little time to do it. And really listen to their answers – they’ll know when you’re not paying attention.
Use the STOP sign. Anytime you feel yourself getting upset, anxious, or angry with people as you go through your day’s activities, flash a bright red stop sign in your head. Take that moment to take a deep breath, center yourself, and then carry on with your conversation. You’ll feel a lot less agitated and both parties will benefit.
- Be nice. This last step is so simple, yet so many people are just too busy to think about putting it into place. Being nice is as easy as smiling at your cab or bus driver in the morning, saying “hello” to the person you buy your coffee or newspaper from, or using the words “thank you” at least a half a dozen times a day with people who help you out or serve you.
- If you take intentional, positive action to be nice, friendly, and caring, then your day will be so much better than if you walk around feeling sorry for yourself, angry or upset.
None of these tips will cost you anything in terms of money or time – but they will repay you multiple times over by helping you to feel more positive. It’s easier on your face if you smile rather than frown – you use fewer muscles to smile, and that means fewer wrinkles over time!
It’s easier to get through a busy, challenging, or even an ordinary day feeling contented and happy. And if you share your happy mood, just imagine what a wonderful gift that can be for those around you!
It has been said that, “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” If you start your day with the intention of having a good one, your positive energy will help your day to blossom just as you will. The bonus is that your smile will remind at least one person you come across in your day that they can take the time to smile too.