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: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/antoine_de_saintexupery_121550?src=t_joy