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How to Have A Good Day Everyday
I spent a couple of days with my grandchildren last week and enjoyed their playful and joyful energy. I've made a plan to incorporate more fun into my life this week.
Parents schedule play dates for their children. As adults we need to schedule our own. Create good times for yourself and think of them as life's coming attractions!
Even more importantly we need to adopt a playful and silly attitude. Not only will we lighten up but those around us will join in. Everyone is attracted to fun and joyful people. Like Pig Pen from the Peanuts cartoon has a cloud of dust, playful people have a irresistable energy! It's contagious.
The following can help us live more light-hearted, playful and joyful lives:
Get away from your work or computer and make face to face contact with family and friends. Invite someone over for a favorite beverage, dinner or a movie.
Spend time with children or teens. They tend to live in the now and are oblivious to being too over worked or serious. Learn to play. Find a hobby you love. Spend time outdoors.
How many hours a week are spent having a good time compared to other areas of life?
Feel The Love.
Learn to allow others to love and embrace you. Take in compliments, smiles, hugs and love from people you trust. Feel good about yourself. Embrace your flaws and accept where you are and who you are. Be your best friend. Look forward to seeing your reflection in the mirror everyday. Give yourself the love and acceptance you desire from others.
Give The Love. Go out of your way to "do good." Seek out people who need a helping hand, an act of kindness, or kind words. Give away the love you have and it will multiply. It's all about love…tell everyone!
Avoid Debbie and Deny Downer.
You can't control unhappy or rude people but you can avoid them. Surround yourself with positive people. Do nothing out of "should" or "guilt." If someone isn't going forward or upward they'll take you down. This is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself and your energy.
Don't Do It All.
Do what you can do. Make a list of priorities. Accomplish the first 2-3 (the big stuff) on your list daily. You decide. If you have a blog or online business it can be overwhelming. You may learn something new today only to have it change tomorrow. Focusing and delegating will take you a long way.
Breathe, Stretch, Relax.
Free yourself from emotional or mental exhaustion. When feeling overwhelmed stand up, bend over and touch your toes. Do windmill movements with your arms, reach for the sky. Next, sit in your chair for at least five minutes, breathe through you nose slowly for three counts. Hold for one second and release your breath through your mouth for three more counts.
The flip side of doing good is knowing when to take care of you. Do you have family, friends, neighbors and coworkers that want too much of your time and attention? Practice telling others, "No, that's not going to work for me." Repeat it two or three times without offering a reason why. I guarantee they won't ask a fourth time. We don't owe anyone an excuse. Just say no.
Get Organized, Stay Clutter Free. Clutter steals your energy. Take one room at a time in your home and get rid of anything you don't need. When your home and workplace are neat, clean and organized you feel energetic and lighter.
Exercise and Eat Healthy.
Three times a week put on your walking/running shoes first thing in the morning. When you spend twenty minutes a day exercising your endorphins kick in and change your energy.
Introduce a healthy food into your life each week. At the end of the year you will have 52! Experiment and have fun.
It's the negative thoughts we tell ourselves that keep us from doing these two simple things. A good technique, is to think of your thoughts like a CD player. When you experience negative thoughts touch your left hand to your forehead like you are shutting off that CD. Then touch your right hand to the right side of your forehead to turn on the positive CD or thought. This is called anchoring in NLP and is very powerful.
Reflect, Rest, Heal.
Take time to reflect on your day. Spend five minutes of calm time in between daily transitions. Before you begin your day decide what kind of morning you want. After lunch reflect on how you're feeling. Before entering your home leave your problems outside the door.
Before you go to bed listen to relaxing music or say a silent prayer or blessing.
Give thanks! When you do less striving and more thriving you'll discover moments of joy. In those moments feel gratitude from the top of your head to the tip of your toes.
Last week I was out of town and had issues with my computer.
The article I posted had a broken link. Four friends and fellow bloggers took the time to tell me about it, Karl took the time to fix it for me.
I so appreciated their thoughtfulness and genuine care. Thank you, thank you and thank you to:
Emily at www.freetoliveyourdreams.com,
Karl at www.workhappynow.com,
Suzy at www.abundancehighway.com, and
Armen at www.timelessinformation.com.
Your actions speak volumes about your authenticity!