Work Out Your Happy Muscle

A couple of weeks ago, one of our grandpuppies had a blocked gland.  Although sad, and likely painful, it was amazing to watch the way a dog can still wag that tail!  It got me thinking about how to be happy even when things aren't going well.

From having a new ache or pain, to getting a negative comment from a friend, to receiving a "no" on a new project, the ability to recover is tied to your happy muscle. Here's an interesting quote on the value of encouraging happiness:

"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new." Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince story book.*

Then, a fun way came to me for jumpstarting your own happiness to try this week.

Try This: Work Out Your Happy Muscle

Do a happiness challenge to help build your happy muscle. The challenge is for just one week. Then, you may keep going as a fun morning habit:

  • Each day take 5 minutes for a happiness moment. (Set a timer to stay on track.)
  • Use a picture or video that makes you smile. (Think puppy or kitten videos, or a favorite photo of a person, place or thing that brings joy).
  • Jot down a couple of happy thoughts. (Use a journal or do it on your phone.)
  • Sit up and reach your arms to the sky. (Make sure to add a smile on your face.)

Booya! How can you not feel upbeat and happy after practicing this fun workout? Any time you can help yourself smile during the day is a mini workout, too!

* Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French writer, poet, journalist and pioneering aviator:

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