Half Hour Happiness

Let’s admit it, we all have them, bad days…

There are everyday bad days, like getting a flat tire or misplacing car keys, and then there are really bad days, like losing your job, breaking up with your partner, or getting ill.

So how do you survive a bad day and turn it around?  Think in short-term intervals; what can you do in the moment to lift your spirits or make yourself feel better?  Not that it will change the situation, but it can lighten your mood for a few minutes.

Here are some suggestions:

Recognize that although something bad has happened, you can shift the energy and look at what you have to be grateful for.

Practice 30 minutes of laughter yoga.  It’s scientifically proven that even fake laughter is as beneficial as real laughter.  Your body doesn’t know the difference!

Tell someone you’re having a bad day.  Sometimes just venting for a few minutes releases the crud and makes you feel better.  What’s important is that after you verbalize your feelings, that you don’ linger in the negativity.  Release and move on!

Everyone has bad days, helping someone else always feels good!

Play with your cat or dog.  Animals love to play and it’s a wonderful way to release and have fun.

By choosing to focus on something positive, you lift yourself out of the negativity and give yourself loving kindness, which is what you really need when you’re having a bad day.