Happiness. It’s a feeling that we all love. It’s grounded in being grateful for the life you have and everything that God has blessed you with. It’s when you have on your shades with the yellow tint, so even the bad things in life don’t seem so bad. Happiness can be elusive at times and no one is expected to be happy every hour of every day. That is not realistic and it’s not what this article is about. There is a time to mourn people, things and unfortunate circumstances. However, on a regular day to day basis, you want to feel good, right?! *James Brown yell* Check out these tips that will help you get — and stay — on the good foot!
Tune into your inner voice. Yes, we’re all constantly talking to ourselves whether we’re conscious of it or not. There is a record playing. What’s it saying? If you write down your thoughts, you can decipher what’s really bothering you. Is it true? Is it real or absurd? If you have an issue with negative thinking, writing out your feelings can be cathartic. It can help you make a more objective assessment of what’s going on in your life. As a creative, mind management is imperative because we tend to have minds that can run away with us. It’s great when you’re brainstorming ideas for a new project, product or writing an amazing suspense novel. But not so much when you’re obsessing about whether people are staring at you, judging you or playing back past conversations in your head. Make sure you take care of your mind in the same way you care for your body.
Adopt A Mantra
Our brains are like gardens and whatever we choose to plant will grow. Our brain doesn’t care if you plant constructive or destructive thoughts. It plants whatever you give it. It never questions our thoughts, but always takes us at our word. So when you’re overreacting by running from a small spider as if it’s an escaped tiger, your brain believes your thoughts are valid. So make sure to plant things that are going to serve you. Some great mantras are:
- I am worthy
- I am confident
- I am special
- I am talented
- I am successful
This is a very personal thing. Your mantra should be whatever makes you feel empowered and loved. You’ll know you have a good one because your mood will lift. We believe our own words more than anyone else’s, so make sure to say things that encourage self-love and acceptance.
Give Yourself A Break:
So your startup hasn’t been backed by a wealthy venture capitalist yet? You will survive, you will make it. Life is more about the journey than anything else. The people we meet, the relationships we build and just being thankful for how far we’ve come is something to be proud of. I’m not saying to abandon setting goals. I am saying to be grateful for exactly where you are and trust that you’ll get exactly where you need to be. Work, but work in peace and not angst, knowing that everything will fall into place as it always has.