13 Tips for a Happiness Emergency

13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day (note the fittingly unlucky number)
  1. 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. 2.
    Do something nice for someone else.
    “Do good, feel good” – this really works.
  3. 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. 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. 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. 6.
    Exercise is an extremely effective mood booster.
  7. 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. 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. 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. 10.
    Keep perspective.
    Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a month? In a year?”
  11. 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. 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. 13.
    Use the emergency mood tool-kit.
    Try these 7 tips for making yourself happier in the next hour: http://bit.ly/2bGf1X1