Bad days…We all have them. It doesn’t have to last all day long. 

 

Here are some things you can try:

1. Figure out a way to find the humor in the situation

I know it’s not going to be easy, but do it anyway. I once had a day that went like this and I survived it by making myself laugh at the it.  I even wrote a post about it.

Hey, it made for a great story I could retell. If you can’t laugh at the absurd, then what’s the point?

When all else fails, get online and read blogs like this and this.

Some days being silly and ridiculous is just what the doctor ordered.

 

2. Make an, “At Least I’m Not” list

When a bad day is upon you, this is the perfect time to make a mental list of places and situations you are happy you’re not in.

For example, you may say, “at least I’m not in a Turkish prison” (unless your bad day is the result of being in a Turkish prison), or “at least I’m not marooned on a deserted island and a wild boar is eyeing me suspiciously right now.”

Keep adding to this list. You’ll soon feel better!

(actually, the deserted beach doesn’t look so bad–ignore the boat and the fact that this is actually a photo of Hawaii)

3) Make a “Things I’m Thankful For” list

I know Oprah told you to do this, but so am I.

Do this in your head. Chances are if you’re having a bad day, you can’t find your pen.

I sometimes wake up in a terrible mood and my only saving grace is making a list of everything I’m thankful for. By the time I’ve made it to the train station, I’m a different person with a much better outlook.

Remember, nothing is too small to put on this list. Start from the bigger things and work your way down to the small stuff. You’ll be amazed at how well this will turn your mood around.

Your perception will change and you’ll draw positive things to you. Our bad moods often trigger bad days.

Change your mood.

 

Life is a bowl of chocolate covered cherries!

Be Happy!!!–at least you’re not being chased through the woods by a bear and your only method of escape is jumping into a lake filled with piranhas ….

Did you have a bad day today? What happened?

Caroline :)

 

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  • It happened overnight. I woke up this morning and realized that I no longer dislike where I live. I actually kind of love it. But after years of having ill feelings about my geography, how do I handle this new insight?

 

  • It almosts felt like telling someone I broke up with that I love them again.
    Yet as soon as I began feeling this way I realized that I will be leaving this place soon. To a place that I know I love even more.

 

  • Isn’t that always the way? As soon as you begin to appreciate something, that’s when you will move on from it.

 

  • It’s almost as if you need to fall in love with a place again before you can move forward. When I say “place” I mean either a place geographically or whatever stage you are in your life.

 

  • You need to make peace with where you are in life before you can take the next step and change things.

 

  • The icky feelings you have about your situation will keep you there until you either make peace with it or learn to love it. Your choice.

 

  • Sometimes our situations in life may not be perfect, but if we try to make the best of it and know it is not permanent then it gets easier.

 

  • Then you can move on to the next stage in your life.

Hope you get the clarity you need!

Caroline

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Sunsets, Candy and the Beach

 

Remember when you were a kid and it took very little to make you happy? Someone giving you one of these : would light up your entire world.

 Life was like a bowl of chocolate covered cherries back then

 

Now as an adult you have to make a conscious effort to get insanely happy about things. Adults are always trying to find the key to their happiness.

When you were a kid it was effortless. Today I told a kid she didn’t have cavities and she practically jumped out of the chair screaming with glee. Her sudden enthusiasm startled me. Adults seem bored when I tell them they don’t have cavities. A few will say an extremely unenthusiastic and sad little, “yay” but that’s about it.

I think as we get older, we forget to take pleasure in the little things. That makes us a little jaded and takes away from our happiness. To children, everything is new and interesting and they are constantly surprised by the world around them.

I think we could learn a thing or two from kids. Try to find some joy in the little things you do every day. There is so much that we take for granted. If you take the time to notice things then maybe you will get some of your old childhood enthusiasm back. Trust me, it’s there, underneath all your layers.

What makes me happy?

 dessert

 wine and cheese (should really be the 5th food group)

 oddities of nature

 any body of water that is that shade of blue and lined with sandy beaches

 sunsets (did you know they happen every single day) I didn’t get that memo….

 a decent cup of coffee (much harder to find than you think)

 and of course Miami

 and yes, I still love these…

 

Pay attention to all of the things you love. It’s easy to get distracted by the negative stuff that comes into our lives…so don’t do it :)

Caroline

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