Today is “International Happiness Day,” so I am sharing Jack Canfield’s “How to Change Your Mood in 60 Seconds” video to make sure we are as happy as we can be today. (You may remember Jack as the co-author of the “Chicken Soup” series of books. He’s written many more since then and is an international motivational speaker, as well.)
I have posted many similar tips here at Wishful Thinking Works, and agree with Jack’s ideas and outlook. Why not jump on the happy train today by grabbing a cup of coffee or tea while you relax and watch his 9:12 minute video?
Let me know your thoughts and what works for you when you are trying to shift gears or to ramp up your mood. Try Jack’s tips, and comment below. Everyone learns when we share!
I think Pi Day is a mathematically perfect day to explore your dreams – happiness and purpose are all part of the same circle, and keep your life rolling in a positive direction!
Celebrate Pi Day by exploring possibilities and expanding your belief in how rich and rewarding your life can be.
If you were paying attention in grade school, you’ll remember pi is the number that describes how the circumference of a circle relates to its diameter (how wide a circle is if you draw a line straight across the middle). If a circle’s diameter is 1, then its circumference is π. If a circle’s diameter is 2, then its circumference is 2π. And so on. Here’s a helpful demonstration of that in GIF form:
This simple relationship has proved enormously useful for math and engineering throughout the course of human history. NASA uses π to calculate the trajectory of spacecraft orbits. It’s essential for engineering anything that involves the motion of circles (like wheels on a car), the area of a circle, or the volume of a sphere. Pi is also extremely useful for describing the motion and shape of waves.
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I know it is cold. In some places polar cold. But a new study recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology studies show just 5 minutes in nature will elevate your mood. Yup, simply being outside, breathing fresh air, looking around and noticing nature will elevate your mood.
You don’t even have to move around, you can simply sit in nature and feel the effect! (Now I know it is probably way too cold to sit outside where many of you are living, but for those who can – go for it, and the rest of you throw on a jacket or two and step outside your front door.) The key is not to think about it – but to DO IT!
And, I have learned from personal experience that when I am feeling down or I am ruminating about real or perceived problems, and I drastically switch gears for 4-5 minutes, I always feel better. It works every time!
4-5 minutes can make all the difference in your day and eventually in your life.
Exercise, dance, hula hoop, stretch, run up and down the stairs, clean a drawer, vacuum, take a shower, or laugh along with comedy on YouTube.
Get up. Move. If you want to check out nature, but it’s too cold, stand inside with the door or window open and feel the rush of the cold air. Even taking the time to look out each window in your home without opening them, will give you a totally new perspective. It’s invigorating.
Getting out of your comfort zone indoors or out can be a wonderfully effective mood enhancer – and it’s free!
Doing something different for 4-5 minutes dramatically increases the likelihood that you will feel energized and ready to take on other changes in your life.
Go for it, I am sure you have 5 minutes to spare.
Picture yourself one year from today, excited and thrilled about what you accomplished in 2019! I realize the year has barely begun, but one of the best ways to move forward is to have a clear picture of yourself feeling satisfied and grateful about what you have accomplished – before it is done!
Picturing the life you want makes it feel real, which releases all sorts of chemicals in your brain that will relax your body and expand your creativity and positivity by creating new neural pathways. It’s science, but feels like magic!
Picture it done!
Create a positive, rewarding outcome for your biggest dreams and then sit back and enjoy a movie-like mental reel highlighting how your personalized success looks and feels. Daydream your way into the vision of yourself you want to see and be.
Prime your brain by envisioning yourself celebrating your future success. Perhaps you are telling your friends just how wonderful it feels to be 10 pounds lighter and how you did it; how thrilled you are for sticking to your running schedule and the difference it has made in your life; to be so close to finishing school and planning your graduation; how scared you were to start writing your book, but how good it feels to be in the editing stage; how wonderful it feels to be in your new home for the holidays or how beautiful Paris is in the spring.
Don’t be afraid to visualize your dreams.
Include as many details as possible to fully experience your personalized magic carpet ride. Daydreams are all about imagination – go for it. (Don’t worry about how your dreams will come true, believing they can is the key.)
Help is just outside your comfort zone, but never outside of your reach.
There is absolutely no reason to face change alone. I designed all of these free Wishful Thinking Works resources for you. Use them to make your dreams come true in 2019.
If you are heading to a family gathering this weekend but do not see eye-to-eye with all of your loved ones about touchy topics such as politics, religion, child-rearing, sports, lifestyles, or even the weather or who should bring what – this post is for you.
I am sharing my Wishful Thinking Works version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,”which I wrote in 2010 after being inspired earlier in the year by author and life coach Marianne Ford. Marianne reminded me that being right isn’t a right and sometimes conversations and life go better when, instead of sharing our wisdom, opinions, advice, or rebuttals – we simply listen and respond with a friendly, “I hear you.” or a non-committal but respectful “Ah- huh,” Wow!” “Okay,” or “Really?”
In other words, when respect is present agreement is not a necessity. We can change our experience and the conversation by using Marianne’s tips to transform debates into discussions and boring exchanges into interesting encounters.
I can use a bit of help around this time of year, so I wove Marianne’s thoughts and some of my musings into . . .
“Wishful Thinking Works’ “12 Ways to Survive Holiday Happenings”
On the 1st day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me patience for the party,
On the 2nd day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 2 sacks of courage.
On the 3rd day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 3 “Ah-huh’s.”
On the 4th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 4 smiling nods.
On the 5th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 5 “Oh, that’s great’s!”
On the 6th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 6 “Tell me more’s.”
On the 7th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 7 “That sounds interesting’s.”
On the 8th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 8 “I-can-do-this’s!”
On the 9th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 9 “Okay.” “Wow!” “Really’s?”
On the 10th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 10 “That sounds so frustrating’s.”
On the 11th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 11 “Oh my gosh’s.”
On the 12th day of Christmas my inner wisdom gave to me 12 “I got through it! I am so happy!”
Feel free to share my new holiday classic with your friends and family. It may help everyone’s holiday shine a bit brighter and feel a tad merrier.
(In case it comes up at a holiday gathering, the twelve days of Christmas are the evening of December 24/January 6 or December 25/January 7 – depending on the calendar, Julian/Gregorian, you are following.)
And, if you are now trying to remember the original lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” here they are . . .
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!