Winter is here and no matter where you live in the country; it’s cold. Staying positive and happy through snow and freezing rain storms is tough. The harsh weather and lack of consistent sunlight has the power to negatively impact your mood and have you longing to curl up in bed in instead of tackling the day. Fortunately, there are ways to combat the mood altering effects of winter. Here are five tips to make you happier now and keep you smiling through the spring:
Minimize Distractions – Don’t let your email or phone interrupt your flow. Turn your phone to silent for part of the day and close out of your email. Schedule a set amount of time in your day to respond to emails and voice mails. This will help lower your stress levels and keep you happiness quotient high by allowing you to concentrate getting your to-do list done.
Spend Time Helping Others – Schedule at least 15 minutes a day to help someone else. This could be writing a LinkedIn Recommendation for an old colleague or even editing a friends resume. Doing something selfless will always make you feel good.
Change Your Scenery – Being trapped at a desk all day is bound to wear your down eventually. Try taking your standing conference call at a coffee shop or scheduling your 1:1 meeting for a walk around the block. Even a small change in scenery can re-energize you and make you smile.
Acknowledge Your Happiness Sources – Before you start writing your to-dos, list three things that you are grateful for at the top of the page. They can be work-related, like “I am happy to work with a supportive team” or personal, like “I’m looking forward to having dinner with my friends later today.” The point is take a time each day to ground yourself in happiness.
Schedule A Joyful Me Moment. – Don’t sit around waiting for happiness to strike. Take control of your mood and add a cheerful mini me moment to your day. That can be going to the gym or grabbing a chocolate chip cookie from your favorite bakery. It can be a small moment. The point is for you to have scheduled happy time on your calendar each day. If you won’t invest time in your happiness, who will?
Try these tips to have a happy day today. Also, share your own #HappyDayEveryday tips with us on Twitter.
– à bientôt
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