It works for small children, right? Ever
notice how you can turn the most
outrageous tantrum into a giggle fit just
by leading your baby into another room
and showing her a new toy? We can
boost our own moods by doing the same.
You don’t have to plan an expensive
adventure to some exotic locale.
Sometimes getting a change of scenery
in the tiniest, most mundane ways can
alter perspective on much bigger things.
When we are feeling down
about something, it can be
hard to be a good listener. But
many times, pausing to really
hear about someone else’s life
can do wonders for our own
heads. Inspiration hits us when
we least expect it.
Hold the door for someone.
Offer to carry a heavy package
or box. Give directions when
asked. A little kindness goes a
long way. You’ll immediately
feel happier when you take a
minute to assist another human
being—even in the smallest
When you and your friends have time to
call each other, make sure you do it. It
can be hard to feel connected when you
are busy with work, and with your kids,
and all the other stuff in our days. We all
know kids display this amazing sixth
sense for figuring out the exact time to
interrupt us when we’re is just about to
finally talk to another adult about what’s
bugging us today. In either case, make
sure it happens!
Anyone who has either worked with you
or lived with you knows that you have a
really hard time letting go of stuff.
Everything has sentimental value. The
best advice anyone can give you is to
start small. So take a few minutes and
trash the old receipts and broken CD
covers taking up space. Clearing out a
single drawer, shelf or even your email
inbox really does make you feel lighter.
I’m not talking about scarfing down a
package of Oreos. When we’re
feeling low, it’s too easy to self-
medicate with food. We say, eat
something terribly rich but do so in a
purposeful way. Take a moment to
actually enjoy it and let go of the
guilt. It’s all about dark chocolate. But
it really does taste better when you
actually sit down to eat it.