13 Tips for a Happiness Emergency
13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day (note the fittingly unlucky number)
- 1.Resist the urge to “treat” yourself.Often, the things we choose as “treats” aren’t good for us. Ask yourself – will it REALLY make you feel better? It might make you feel worse.
- 2.Do something nice for someone else.“Do good, feel good” – this really works.
- 3.Distract yourself.Watching a funny movie or TV show is a great way to take a break, or I often re-read beloved classics of children’s literature.
- 4.Seek inner peace through outer order.Soothe yourself by tackling a messy closet, an untidy desk, or crowded countertops. The sense of tangible progress, control, and orderliness can be a comfort.
- 5.Tell yourself, “Well, at least I…”Yes, you had a horrible day, but at least you went to the gym, or played with your kids, or walked the dog, or read your children a story, or recycled.
- 6.Exercise is an extremely effective mood booster.
- 7.Stay in contact.Contact with other people boosts mood. So try to see or talk to people, especially people you’re close to.
- 8.It’s a cliché, but things really will look brighter in the morning.Go to bed early and start the next day anew. Also, sleep deprivation puts a drag on mood in the best of circumstances, so a little extra sleep will do you good.
- 9.Remind yourself of your other identities.If you feel like a loser at work, send out a blast email to engage with college friends. If you think members of the PTA are mad at you, don’t miss the spinning class where everyone knows and likes you.
- 10.Keep perspective.Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a month? In a year?”
- 11.Write it down.When something horrible is consuming my mind, I find that if I write up a paragraph or two about the situation, I get immense relief.
- 12.Be grateful.Remind yourself that a lousy day isn’t a catastrophic day. Be grateful that you’re still on the “lousy” spectrum. Probably, things could be worse.
- 13.Use the emergency mood tool-kit.Try these 7 tips for making yourself happier in the next hour: http://bit.ly/2bGf1X1