By Sylvia Forrest
Have you ever met someone who is so cheerful, you can hardly believe it’s real? Sometimes it’s not real. Some people can put on a big smile and act like there is nothing wrong with the world, but secretly lead bitter and unfulfilling lives. Then there are those few, almost magical people who genuinely wake each morning with smiles on their faces. They laugh loudly, don’t worry about their weight or the latest fashions, and seem to take everything in stride. They may have the occasional bad day, but you’d never know it.
- Make a list of the things that matter most to you. It well may be that some of the things that are bothering you, affect none of the things on The List. If this is the case, stop worrying about them!
- Start a happiness journal. At the end of every day, write down one thing that made you smile, or one thing for which you are truly grateful. If you need to, also write down what things in your life you wish were different. Include what you might do in order to change your situation, and how you will start working towards that goal tomorrow.
- Go for a walk...but forget the treadmill! More and more research tells us that being outside – particularly among trees, bushes and plants – lowers our blood pressure and helps us relax. It’s much easier to gain perspective when we’re not hyperventilating.
- Do something nice for someone else, and also for yourself. You have a lot to offer, and helping others can be a fantastic way to lift your own spirits. Bring a sick friend some chicken soup, or send in a small donation to a favorite charity. Then reward yourself with a treat just for you: buy yourself flowers, watch your favorite movie, or just leave the dishes in the sink. You deserve it!
- Plan a Girls’ Night Out. Studies show that spending time with close friends actually lowers stress. Have some fun, blow off some steam, and bare your soul if the mood strikes you. That’s what friends are for!
About the Author
Sylvia Forrest holds a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Emory University. She proclaims, however, that she received her best education from her grandmothers. Forrest currently lives in Denver, Colorado, where she is happily married, a mother to two beautiful children and a dear friend to many. Her book — A View from My Window – REAL STORIES for REAL WOMEN — can be purchased from Amazon.com and Createspace.com, and is also available on Kindle, Nook and iPhone.