I am writing this on the plane, on my way back from a week-long business trip. I’m exhausted and it’s been a long week. I hate being away for this long and I also hate coming back feeling down and grumpy from all the travel/work stuff. My fam is psyched to see me and I’m dying to see them (and it’s movie night - no one should be grumpy on movie night!) So I’m determined to do something about this, to lift the business trip exhaustion fog and feel happier — and do it in a very short amount of time I have before I see my crew.
I’ve been studying happiness for a few years now, reading every book and article and study I can find. I am really interested in what we know about our own happiness (not a lot, according to one of my favorite happiness experts, Daniel Gilbert) and what we can do to feel happier (if you read one book about it, read Flourish). Time to put all this reading to work: Here are some quick small things you can do to feel happier, right now:
- Think of something good about your day today. It can be the smallest tiniest thing. Or it can be big. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s mine: I got a kale, broccoli, apple and celery juice at the airport and it was great. Also, it was a lot healthier than what I’ve been eating this week, so I feel like I’m changing directions for the better.
- Smile. I am serious. I don’t care how grumpy you are, just try it. When you smile, your body sends a signal to your brain that you’re happy (because usually when you’re happy you smile). Your brain then releases a signal that you’re happy. Body over mind. (This is also called facial feedback, but that term makes me cringe.)
- Send someone you care about a nice email, text, FB message or call them. Doing something good for someone else is one of the best way to feel happiness. Our lives are insanely busy and this means that sometimes all you can do is remind a person you care about that they are awesome.
Seriously, don’t just read these three things, DO them!
Do you have favorite ways to feel happier when you’re down? Share in the comments!