It’s amazing how days can flip back and forth and by that I mean one day will be the best day of your life and the next day it seems like nothing is going right. It doesn’t make a lot of sense but being able to recognize when I’m having a bad day and the reasoning behind it really helps calm my inner storm (and explain myself to AJ).
I’ve had a rough couple of days in the past few weeks and sometimes a little, good ol’ sunshine and a nice, long walk really helps but here’s a few other things that can help turn that frown upside down.
1. Be Optimistic.
I know this can be hard to do when you’re having a down day but there’s a few things I do that really help me out:
- I often try to see the glass as half-full instead of half-empty. If I’m having a bad hair day, I think of something positive about it like how I like the length or the color. When work becomes suffocating and stressful, a walk outside in the fresh air reminds me of how lucky I am to have such good job.
- Add up the little things that have gone right. The sun is shining and I can go outside. I didn’t spill any lunch on my white sweater. I get to leave work a little earlier.
- Avoid situations where things can go wrong. (This is silly but) If I try to return something I’ve bought and I know the salesclerk is going to give me a hassle (and she does!) I always end up in a bad mood afterwards. Ask yourself beforehand, “Am I setting myself up for success or failure?“
- Remember the quote: “Be kind; for everyone is fighting a hard battle. Remind yourself that some other people have it worse than you do. Ask yourself, “Is this really that bad? Will it matter in a few days, a week from now?”
All in all, being happy is up to us. I can choose to wake up and let one little thing ruin the rest of my day or I can stop and say to myself, “I am going to be happy today.” We get to decide and I hope this will help you decide to have a good day too and better days to come as well!