Happiness is a Choice

For those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere, Spring is just around the corner. Yesterday on my Facebook feed, I saw posted, a photo of the first daffodil to appear on the banks of Clifford’s Tower in York. This momentous occasion heralds the beginning of Spring in England, for me. In California, the days vary between being very hot and cold, damp and foggy.

So today as another Winter draws to a close, we look at creating a list in order to create a better mood, in readiness for welcoming in the beginning of Spring. Traditionally, this is the season in which we gain the energy to push ahead with all the goals and projects that we started planning over the Winter months. So here is this week’s list for creating a better mood:

  1. Understand that you have the ability to change your perception of life, and therefore your mood, at any time you wish (I am not including those people who suffer from any form of depression here. If that is the case then I suggest seeking medical help).
  2. One of the things that we do as humans, is to live life on certain vibrations, and we tend to live on these vibrations unconsciously. If you want to create a better mood, start by becoming intentional about being happy. Practice living on a vibration of happiness, without having to rely on external factors. Practice smiling (an instant mood-booster) and reach for the happiest thought that you can think right now.
  3. Practice gratitude for all that you have right now.
  4. Create an environment for yourself that lifts your spirits. Play music that speaks to your soul, watch uplifting movies, wear bright colours (it can be a lipstick or scarf to add colour to a neutral wardrobe).
  5. Start hanging out with upbeat people and watch that your mood doesn’t try to drag others down. Do you meet someone and begin moaning about life as soon as you meet them? Make sure that you begin conversations in an upbeat positive manner – this is something I am working on as I often arrive late, full of apologies about how busy I am. I am consciously working on arriving on time and unstressed. The other person does not want to know about your troubles in the first five minutes of seeing you.
  6. If something is getting to be a chore, then change your routine, or your attitude towards it. Do something out of the ordinary. I found that I was dragging myself out of bed on a cold, dark Winter’s morning to do my yoga. Once I was doing it, I loved it but getting up was the hard part. In order to get myself more excited about beginning my day, I found some inspiring music on YouTube which lifted my spirits so much that I now bounce out of bed much more easily because the lyrics have such a positive effect on my mood. Check out Karen Drucker – ‘Thank You For This Day’ on YouTube.

Have a great week. Check out my YouTube Channel – Coaching to Confidence and let me know how you are getting on with the lists.

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