I get a daily happiness e-mail from The Happiness Project and every Wednesday is Tip Day. This article ran about a month ago but I keep coming back to it, and so I’m posting it here so I’ll remember it and also because maybe some of you may like it as well. I’ve printed out the list below and am determined to schedule some of these things into my life on a regular basis. When I am active, reaching out to friends, or involved in something larger than myself, I DO feel better. I suppose the real trick is to remember this list when I’m feeling not-so-peppy.
In Want to Feel Happier By the End of the Day? Your Menu of Options, Gretchen says: When you’re feeling blue, it can be hard to muster up the physical and mental energy to do the things that make you happier. However, the more you push yourself, the better you’ll feel; but if you can’t tackle a big task, just do something small. Even a little step in the right direction will give you a lift.
According to my ground-breaking happiness formula, to be happy, you need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth. What’s dragging you down? Is it a lack of fun, of connection? Do you feel a lot of guilt, boredom, or anger? Do you feel that something’s “not right” about your life? Do you feel stagnant or stuck? Focus your efforts on the choices that will do the most to address what’s not working in your life.
Your menu of choices — commit to doing as many items as you can:
Do good, feel good